On Tuesday May 19, 2015 Troy E. Wright President of The Trayvon Martin Foundation will make a formal announcement of the foundations education Initiative “Seattle Network” and introduce their local community partners, Extraordinary Futures, Young Urban Authors and You Grow Girl! at the Seattle's Justice and Peace Mixer at the Columbia City Gallery.
The local partners were selected Seattle as one of the recipient cities of the 20 scholarships in 20 cities initiative by 2016. One of the goals of The Foundation is to provide education opportunities to inner-city youth. This was accomplished by establishing partnerships with community, state, and private colleges as well as grassroots organizations. The Trayvon Martin Foundation was established by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin parents of Trayvon Martin in March 2012 as a not-for-profit organization under the auspices of the Miami Foundation. The Foundation's purpose is to create awareness of how violent crime impacts our world and to provide support, advocacy and education to inner-city families.
Proceeds raised from this event will go towards sending representatives from the Seattle Network as well as twenty Seattle youth to Miami, Florida for the upcoming Youth Empowerment & Solutions (Y.E.S.) Conference October 22-24, 2015 and provide scholarships to Seattle youth.
For more information on the Initiative visit www.trayvonmartinfoundation.org/education/. To learn more about attending the event, sponsorship opportunities or Seattle Network partners visit www.yougrowgirl.org/Trayvon or email info@TrayvonMartinFoundation.org.
THE TRAYVON MARTIN FOUNDATION'S EDUCATION INITIATIVE – SEATTLE NETWORK
Event: Seattle's Justice and Peace Mixer
Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Time: 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Location: Columbia City Gallery
In a continued effort to support our community the Trayvon Martin Foundation is set to hold a Youth Enrichment and Mentoring Seminar. The seminar will take place Saturday March 14th at Florida Memorial University. This is all a part of a greater plan to let the Foundations actions speak louder than words.
“We are dedicated to making sure we protect our youth and let them know we care about their future” said Tracy Martin founder.
The needs documented at the global and national level parallel those at the local and community level in Miami. Of particular concern to Miami Dade County are also the needs and problems of the Miami Gardens area. Miami Gardens is a high risk environment for juvenile violence, crime and drug use. This city’s violent crime rate was higher than the violent crime rate in Florida by 77.64% and is also the highest incidence of shooting deaths among black males in the 15-19 age group in the State of Florida.
“It is important to let people know “We live in South Florida” and are deeply concerned about what happens here. We are committed to reducing violence and making our home a better place to live.” said Sybrina Fulton founder -mother of Trayvon Martin.
Violence falls most heavily on ethnic minority males and occurs often in urban areas. Homicide is the No. 1 cause of death for black men 15-24 years old and 2nd leading for Hispanic 18-24. Another disturbing fact is that a large percentage of Hispanic homicide victims are young. The FBI data shows that 41 percent of Hispanic homicide victims in 2011 were age 24 and younger. In comparison, 40 percent of black homicide victims and 22 percent of white homicide victims fell in that age group.
Multiple risk factors have been identified as placing youth at risk for committing violent crimes. These interrelated risk factors which are associated with intergenerational poverty, unemployment, homelessness, school problems and drop-outs, domestic violence, child abuse, teen pregnancy, substance abuse, delinquency and crime, are evident in the targeted community.
The proposed future project has four goals including (1) to improve academic performance; (2) to prevent violent acts among youth participating in the program; (3) to improve cultural pride and bi-cultural understanding of participating youth in the program; and (4) to improve education and services for parents participating in the program.
“Talking is important but providing meaningful education and programs for parents and children is part of the solution. We must take action now and not rely on others to do what we can do in our own back yard” said Troy E. Wright President
The Trayvon Martin Foundation will establish an Advisory Committee to assist with the oversight of the projected prevention programs. The committee will help identify resources necessary to carry out program activities and to fill gaps in services where it exist. The Advisory board meets quarterly to discuss issues pertaining to the goal and to provide resources specifically in the areas of training and facility needs. If you would like to be a part of the committee please contact Troy@Trayvonmartinfoundation.org
For sponsorship opporotunity – Troy@Trayvonmartinfoundation.org
The Trayvon Martin Foundation will hold its 2nd Annual Peace Walk and Peace Talk community event on February 14, 2015. Peace Walk participants will include youth, community activists, faith leaders, and celebrities. The Walk will also include families who have lost a child to senseless gun violence. All participants will be walking together in solidarity as a testament to the right that all people should be able to walk freely without being pursued, chased, profiled or shot and killed on their streets. Walk begins 9:00am at Carol City Park 3201 NW 185th street, FL 33054.
The Peace Talk, held after the Peace Walk, engages the community in a discussion of ideas/experiences and possible plans of action to empower youth and curtail violence.
The event is a community engagement activity, where youth, community leaders and celebrities can engage in honest and informative discussion pertaining to empowering our youth and overcoming violence in our neighborhoods.
The South Florida Peace Walk and Talk is a result of families rising up and choosing to serve, love, and to connect, regardless of what predicaments or situations they face in their communities. The Peace Talk will Betty T Fergurson Center following the Peace Walk at 3000 NW 199th Street Miami Gardens 33056. For more information call 786-504-4235
Remembrance Dinner February 15th 2015 - The Trayvon Martin Remembrance Dinner is an annual event to commemorate the life of Trayvon Martin and to raise public awareness of profiling, the impact of violent crime, senseless violence on the families of the victims and the impact of violence on our communities.
The Remembrance Dinner is also designed to celebrate life, progress and Foundation supporters who want change. The dinner helps to raise funds to build create education opportunities to inn-city youth. The Foundation provides scholarships, mentoring, financial literacy, S.T.E.M and parenting assistance.
The Foundation request your support by attending this great event and build together. It has often been repeated “it takes a village to raise a child” but we’d like to take that one step further by asking you to “Be a part of this Village” to change lives positively.
One of may goals is to build through education, not just in Florida but across this nation and the world for our youth.
The dinner will be at the Airport DoubleTree hotel 711 NW 72nd Ave Miami 33126. For more information call 786-504-4235. For sponsorship opprortunity – Troy@Trayvonmartinfoundation.org
I believe when the bible says “In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy path” it means what it says. Therefore, on March 5th The Trayvon Martin Foundation will be having a Prayer Breakfast. I believe strongly your prayers and aspirations are important to make a positive change.
This Breakfast is intended for “Pastors/Reverends Only” with a purpose to pray for The Trayvon Martin Foundation, our youth and our world.
Please RSVP as soon as possible in order for us to know how many pastors to anticipate.
Your participation would be greatly appreciated.
Date: March 5th - Thursday
Time: - 8:00am – 9:30am
RSVP and/or Sponsorship: Troy@Trayvonmartinfoundation.org
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