Watch this inspiring video about Kenneth Edwards, a determined man, who lives his life for positive change. Edwards works as a Violence Interrupter and Hospital Responder for S.O.S. Crown Heights and works with KAVI as a Community Health Advocate, providing trauma informed care for victims of violence and their families.
Panelist (from right) Reverend Dr. Alfonso Wyatt, Danielle Sered, Dr. Gore, Hakeim Yamadi
On Monday, October 7th, Dr. Robert Gore and a group of fellow activist sat in round-table style at Philanthropy New York to engage in an open discussion about male youth of color, their experiences with violence and how grassroots organizations like the Kings Against Violence Initiative can combat the gun epidemic which plagues the streets of major New York City Burroughs, not to mention the country. Moderated by Reverend Dr. Alfonso Wyatt, the group of panelist used a poignant and emotional documentary about gun violence in Harlem, NY (by the Maysles Documentary Center) as a baseline for addressing how each program created and led by this group of social activist plans to address, treat and mend what can now be understood as a public health issue. Among the panelist were Dr. Robert Gore, KAVI Founding Executive Director, Danielle Sered, Founding Director of Common Justice, Christine Peng, Education Director at the Maysles Documentary Center and Hakiem Yamadi a Program Manager at S.O.S. South Bronx. All panelist spoke profoundly about how gun violence has affected their lives and how they understand change through community, awareness and coalition.