The KAVI YOSIC Program is Raising Funds to Give Young Kings a priceless opportunity:
KAVI YOSIC (pronounced Yoh-See) is an acronym for “Young Ones Summer Innovation Camp,” and is named after KAVI champion, and fallen staff member Willis Young. KAVI YOSIC is a 6 week summer camp incorporating engineering and design principles with social awareness. The program will use S.T.E.A.M. (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math) principles to develop viable, youth perspective plans, which tackle various social and environmental issues plaguing our communities. There is currently a major deficit of under represented minorities in S.T.E.A.M. professions. Having a diverse group of facilitators (Undergraduate/Graduate engineering, art/design/architectural, public health and social science students) can help to encourage participants to explore S.T.E.A.M. related professions early on, thus increasing the possibility of entering a S.T.E.A.M. related career but at the same time remaining socially conscious and relevant. This increases S.T.E.A.M. participation among urban students of color. In edition, KAVI YOSIC serves as a framework for establishing a potential pipeline between the universities from which our facilitators come from and the students.
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Dr. Robert Gore was stirred awake one morning in July by an urgent phone call from work. That was not unusual, given his job in the emergency department at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, a level-one trauma center that provides the highest level of care. Still, his years of skillful, coolheaded practice, of stopping bleeding and saving lives, had not prepared him for what he heard.
Young had been stabbed.
(Read Full Article via The New York Times)
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The end of September marks the end of the most deadly September in 13 years in Chicago. In this past month,
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which usually sees a drop in temperature leading to a drop in the violence that runs rampant in urban areas during the heat of the summer, Chicago has had no relief. Having had a particularly warm September, Chicago recorded 60 homicides in September, a devastating number for any community. What we see in Chicago, and in many urban areas known for their indiscriminate violence, is the effects of the illness of gun violence which shows no thought for age or gender. As shown in this brutal month in the windy city, a mother holding her child is no safer than those purveying street violence. The Guns Up Life Down movement is crucial throughout these communities who are becoming increasingly unable to live life for fear of death.
(Information via the Chicago Tribune)
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