Sen. Persaud, electeds, Brooklyn youth and community leaders discuss youth violence

AmNews Staff Reports | 11/27/2019, 11:30 a.m.
Sen. Roxanne J. Persaud, chair of the New York State Senate Social Services Committee, hosted a roundtable discussion with the ...

Sen. Roxanne J. Persaud, chair of the New York State Senate Social Services Committee, hosted a roundtable discussion with the community in Brooklyn on youth violence.  On Wednesday, Nov. 13, Sen. Persaud was joined by Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senators Velmanette Montgomery and Jamaal T. Bailey, youth in Brooklyn and community, NYPD and education leaders for an open conversation titled “Examining the Prevalence of Youth Violence.” The event was held at the Spring Creek Educational Campus auditorium, located at 1065 Elton St in Brooklyn. It featured a two-part discussion that allowed Senator Persaud and her colleagues to hear directly from high school-aged youth about experiences with or perspectives on the pervasive culture of violence including, but not limited to, violence in the community; violence among peers, kin or in relationships; and violence in the media.  “Hearing from the youth in our district describe the myriad impacts violence has had on their lives reminds me that we still have much to achieve in making our neighborhoods safe for everyone,” Senator Persaud said. “I thank the young men and women who came to speak today at this roundtable. Your experiences and courage will help us focus our efforts and create better outcomes for all in the community.”