A group of around 200 community members, students and elected officials marched down Penn Street in Reading town center on Saturday morning to mark National Youth Violence Prevention Week.
Berks for Peace led the march, which started at Reading Area Community College and ended at City Park in front of the Dove of Peace.
Berks for Peace was born out of collective trauma. The Berks Youth Violence Prevention Table was established in September 2021 with a heartfelt mission to protect all children from violence, with work rooted in community solutions that empower all races and ethnicities.
“Our goal is to provide our community with an avenue to heal while expressing ourselves culturally and artistically” said Edna Garcia-Dipini, president of Berks for Peace.
“We want to spread the violence prevention social campaign throughout the city, county, state and around the world. together we can make a difference. Berks for Peace is organized by the Berks Youth Violence Prevention Roundtable and community stakeholders.
Berks for Peace joins others around the country to unite and help young people make their schools and neighborhoods safe. National Youth Violence Prevention Week focuses on education, awareness, advocacy and other activities that bring communities together and inspire social change for youth violence prevention. youth.
“The idea is to go beyond outreach by creating community connections that transcend county boundaries, demographics and culture. We hope to inspire people to engage in the arts and other programs as a creative outlet for healing” said Garcia-Dipini.