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Increase the peace

Mount hosts community seminar on reducing violence
May 12, 2017

Left to right: Dr. Robert Gore, an emergency room doctor from Brooklyn, N.Y. and founder/executive director of the Kings Against Violence Initiative; Mount education professor Frances Spielhagen, co-director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Development and director of the college’s Teach the Change initiative; and Torrance Harvey MSEd '03, founder and president of 100 Men of Newburgh. 

 

Mount Saint Mary College’s Center for Adolescent Research and Development (CARD) and the 100 Men of Newburgh organization presented a community seminar on anti-violence on Saturday, May 6.

Dr. Robert Gore, an emergency room doctor from Brooklyn, N.Y. and founder/executive director of the Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI), delivered the keynote address. He said that violence affects not only the immediate victims, but the entire community as well.

Gore views violence as a public health issue. He said that if any other public health issue had the same devastating effects as violence, there would be a much stronger push to fix the problem. Changing this paradigm could go a long way in reducing violence, he said.

According to Gore, the best way to fix the cycle of violence is to offer long-term solutions. Intervention programs like KAVI and 100 Men of Newburgh’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative are essential, he said, because they provide support and resources to young people.

Torrance Harvey MSEd ‘03, founder and president of 100 Men of Newburgh, added, “Any effort that we can make for the City of Newburgh to come together as a community and support our young people to change their trajectory from a negative to a positive direction is worth more than its weight in gold.”

CARD is co-directed by Mount professors Frances Spielhagen, education, and Paul Schwartz, psychology. The center fosters research initiatives endemic to contemporary adolescents and young adults.

100 Men of Newburgh’s mission is to revitalize the City of Newburgh by creating opportunities for local young people, through mentorship programs like My Brother’s Keeper.