A Hope for the Future: Fight Against Gun Violence
Local & National News | April 28, 2023
Community Symposium April 29th

AmeriCorps members at Porter-Leath are hosting an important event that aims to tackle the issue of gun violence in Memphis. The event, titled "A Hope for the Future: Fight Against Gun Violence," is a free community symposium that is open to the public with a focus on families with children aged 8 to 18 years old. This event will take place on April 29, 2023, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Porter-Leath & University of Memphis Early Childhood Academy at Orange Mound, 2869 Park Avenue, Memphis, TN 38114, and lunch will be provided.

The organizers of the symposium believe that it's time to take action against gun violence in Memphis, and they are inviting parents to join them in learning how to bring hope back to the community. The event is community-driven, and its aim is to get down to the root cause of why young people are acting out in violent ways.

Multiple guest speakers and panels will be discussing important topics related to gun violence, bullying, and peer pressure. Parents will have the opportunity to learn from experts in the field and hear from individuals who have been personally impacted by gun violence. The event is also supported by alumni volunteers of the Memphis Parent Leadership Training Institute housed at Porter-Leath.

Parents who are interested in attending this event are encouraged to reserve their free spot as soon as possible. They can visit https://ahf2023.eventbrite.com or contact Judith Rautine, Porter-Leath Generations Manager at 901-577-2509 to learn more about the event, special guest speakers, vendor fair, and more.

The issue of gun violence is one that has plagued Memphis for years, and events like A Hope for the Future are critical in addressing the root causes of this problem. By bringing together experts, parents, and community members, the organizers hope to create a space where solutions can be discussed and progress can be made. This symposium is an opportunity for parents to learn how to keep their children safe, recognize the warning signs of potential violence, and work together to create a safer community for everyone.

In conclusion, A Hope for the Future: Fight Against Gun Violence is an essential event that all parents should consider attending. By coming together as a community, we can learn how to address the root causes of gun violence and work together to create a safer and more hopeful future for Memphis.

About AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps is the federal agency connecting individuals and organizations through service and volunteering to tackle the nation’s most pressing challenges. Learn more at AmeriCorps.gov.

About Porter-Leath
For over 170 years, Porter-Leath has been a primary resource for Memphis children and families. By focusing on the essential building blocks of healthy development, Porter-Leath not only gives them access to the tools they need, but also a sense of hope. Porter-Leath helps build stronger children, stronger families and a stronger Memphis. For more information about AmeriCorps visit porterleath.org/americorps or contact us at 901-577-2500.

About Memphis Parent Leadership Training Institute
The Memphis Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) is a free, intensive 20-week course on civics and advocacy, designed to help parents become leading advocates for change. The Memphis chapter of the Parent Leadership Training Institute graduated its inaugural cohort in 2022 ready to work towards a better Memphis for our children and families. To learn more or apply to the Memphis PLTI visit www.parentplus901.org/parent leadership.


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