Part of National Anti-Violence Initiative
Some 121 Job Corps students from across the country and the Metro Washington area will be leading a peace walk from the Lincoln Memorial to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Thursday, Sept. 21, as part of the national, student-led anti-violence initiative Youth 2 Youth: Partners 4 Peace.
Job Corps students started Youth 2 Youth, or Y2Y, with three basic aims: to talk about violence and aggression in their communities, to empower one another to prevent violence and aggression, and to share their stories and talk about solutions to help prevent violence and aggression.
Founded in the spring of 2015, Y2Y is a violence-prevention initiative created by and led by Job Corps students nationwide. This initiative is the first national, student-created, and student-led effort to curb youth violence on Job Corps centers, in their surrounding communities, and in the hometowns of their students and graduates.
Students recognize that violence—online, in the workplace, and at home—is a critical issue that young people must be equipped to understand, avoid, and address.
Administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, Job Corps is the nation’s largest career technical training and education program for low-income young people ages 16 through 24. Job Corps provides services to more than 50,000 young people each year at 125 centers in 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. To learn more about Job Corps, visit Job Corps online at www.jobcorps.gov or call (800) 733-JOBS. Visit www.jobcorpsy2y.com for more information about the Y2Y initiative.