The Coney Island Anti-Violence Collaborative (CIAVC) met on Wednesday night at Liberation Diploma Plus High School to discuss new and ongoing initiatives, upcoming events, and more.
After serving dinner to all attendees, the CIAVC began the meeting with a re-emphasis on the collaborative’s main message: that it seeks to reduce incidents of violence in Coney Island through community relationships, working with local organizations to maximize services that can help reduce violence, and developing community-based structures to address conflict.
CIAVC discussed the upcoming anti-violence youth academy on August 14 for boys between the ages of 13-18. At the event the teens will get a chance to learn about how violence affects the community and it will allow them “become a change agent.” As registration is required, parents are encouraged to contact CIAVC and Urban Neighborhood Services at 347-374-2455.
According to speakers at the meeting, an event for girls is forthcoming in September.
Four new members of The Step Up Project — which helps conduct street outreach — were introduced. Each new member of Step Up briefly spoke to the audience about their own dedication to the community and why they decided to join.
The CIAVC also announced a search for a new executive director and put out an open invitation for anyone seeking to join the Steering Committee.
A series of upcoming events were announced: R&B On the Beach on August 26 at Brighton Beach and a CIAVC Family Day on September 16. Further details about these events will likely be found on the collaborative’s Facebook page, according to those at the event.
Representatives from the offices of State Sen. Diane Savino and Assemblywoman Pam Harris also appeared at the meeting in a show of support. Harris’ office stressed the importance of bringing ferry service to Coney Island just one day after she and other local representatives and activists took to the steps of City Hall to advocate for it.
To learn more about the collaborative, check out their website.