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Local youth against violence group calling for applicants to June Teen Advocacy Conference

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Young Leaders Against Violence convening local youth in community to develop activism and advocacy skills and capacity.


To register for the June 26 conference, please visit or call Amy Endres-Bercher at 616-632-7217.



On Friday, June 26, local youth-led coalition YLAV (Young Leaders Against Violence) is hosting a Teen Advocacy Conference at the Kent County Health Department from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Youth participants will have the opportunity to learn about a range of advocacy and activism topics ranging from community organizing to racial justice and inclusion.

The conference is free of cost, and lunch and snacks will be provided. To register for this event, please visit or call Amy Endres-Bercher at (616) 632-7217. The registration deadline is Sunday, June 14.

YLAV is an anti-violence coalition mentored by the leadership of four local agencies: Family Futures, The Kent County Health Department, Safe Haven Ministries, and the YWCA West Central Michigan.

The group is made up of exceptional students from Kent County universities, high schools, and middle schools all with a common interest in eliminating violence from our communities.

The group meets twice a month to brainstorm and implement various outreach projects ranging from grant writing to school displays to social media campaigns. For inquiries about YLAV or information about how to apply, please email [email protected]

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