Lexington teens hope event helps curb violence

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Organizers say this event is a much needed and revolutionary movement, led by teenagers, for the entire city of Lexington.

Event coordinators say a recent spike in gun violence in Lexington, only highlights the need for change.

That's why Ragan Mason volunteered to be a part of the first annual YOLO (You Only Live Once)! Stop The Violence Experience.

"My generation has such a bad reputation. And if my generation is so bad...what will come for the future generations?" said Mason.

YOLO! Stop The Violence Experience is hosted by Timeless Entertainment, Sister and Supporters Working Against Gun Violence and the Lexington Police Athletic League.
The event will consist of a college/career and readiness fair, workshops and a discussion panel...and will conclude with the unity block party the last day at Douglass Park.

"Nobody feels comfortable, nobody feel safe. With that being said, everybody want to draw and do their own thing, rather than coming together. And It just creates more problems versus a solution. I think we need to come together and fix this thing. That's a start," said YOLO peace ambassador Ondrae Walker.

Also at the conference will be Violence Prevention Specialist Marlon Shackelford as the key note speaker.
Coordinators are hoping this event will be a catalyst in changing the landscape of Lexington streets for the better.

The first annual YOLO! Stop The Violence Experience will be held here at Imani Baptist Church August 8th and 9th.

Organizers said there is still a need for sponsorship.
If you want to help, contact Phillip Garrard, Jr. : 502-835-6857.

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