The New York City Department of Probation convened a daylong town hall event, the One Message Many Voices #BeAboutIt, Youth Anti-Violence Summit, Wednesday, Aug. 12 to discuss anti-violence issues with borough youth. Held at Brooklyn Borough Hall, this event was the fifth town hall in a series conducted in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, and it advances the mayor’s citywide initiative to reduce gun violence, a comprehensive, neighborhood-based strategy to prevent gun violence by intense focus on the 14 precincts that account for 51 percent of shootings in New York City. Also partnering in the effort are Arches Transformational Mentorship and New York City Young Men’s Initiative.

“One of the best ways to keep our neighborhoods safe is by coming together with local communities to develop solutions that work for the residents we hope to engage,” said Department of Probation Commissioner Ana M. Bermudez. “I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in local law enforcement, community leaders and our current and former clients to find the most effective ways to strengthen our communities.”

To continue the dialogue, the commissioner is supported by Borough President Eric Adams and New York Sen. Jesse Hamilton.

The full-day youth summit town hall event featured a range of community resources, breakout sessions, youth-led panel discussions and speakers, including Dr. Divine Pryor and HOT 97 personality Rose D. The New York City–based performance artist group FLEX IN also participated.