KAVI, Kings Against Violence Initiative, Peace and Unity Fundraiser, Brooklyn Commons, Flatbush, BK Reader, The Brooklyn Reader, mentoring, violence prevention
(l to r): Jacquel Clemons, KAVI Chief Operating Officer; Russell Frederick, KAVI Men's Program Director, Dr. Robert Gore, KAVI Founder; and City Councilmember Jumaane Williams

KAVI programs consist of weekly workshops and activities that focus on identity exploration, self-governing conflict resolution, communication/peer mediation, goal development, critical thinking and life skills development.

(l to r): Jacquel Clemons, KAVI Chief Operating Officer; Russell Frederick, KAVI Men’s Program Director, Dr. Robert Gore, KAVI Founder; and City Councilmember Jumaane Williams

On Thursday, the Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI) held its first major fundraiser at Brooklyn Commons in Flatbush.

KAVI offers youth-focused interventions and safe alternatives to interpersonal violence at the High School for International Arts and Business as well as the High School for Public Service in Flatbush.

Currently, homicide is the leading cause of death for African Americans. Approximately 1 in 3 adolescent girls in the US is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse, and juveniles under the age of 18 account for 13.7% of all violent crime arrests

Founded in 2009, KAVI programs consist of weekly workshops and activities that focus on identity exploration, self-governing conflict resolution, communication/peer mediation, goal development, critical thinking and life skills development. The program is almost entirely volunteer-based and the young participants also volunteer to spend one class period during their school day taking part in the program.

The program has served as a successful mentorship model for hundreds of young black boys and girls, many of whom will testify that the program has changed the way they view their environment, themselves and their approach to problem solving.

Enjoy these photos of the Peace and Unity” Fundraiser where the community gathered to give recognition (and donations) to an organization that has done so much with so little in such a short amount of time.

To donate to KAVI, go here.

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