(February 22, 2013) JACKSON, TENNESSEE– The Jackson “Do the Write Thing” Challenge Program kicked off its sixth year on Friday, at Northeast Middle School. Jackson City Councilman, Ernest Brooks II, is Founder and Chairman of the program which is a part of the National Campaign to Stop Violence.
The “Do the Write Thing” Challenge Program gives middle school students the opportunity to examine the impact of youth violence in their lives through classroom discussions and written expression by communicating what they think should be done to change our culture of violence. By encouraging students to make personal commitments to do something about the problem, the program ultimately seeks to empower them to fight violence in their homes, schools and communities.
“In four years, the Jackson Madison County School System has had over 2,000 7th and 8th graders accept the challenge against youth violence by submitting writings,” said Councilman Brooks. The writings answer three seminal questions:
What are the causes of youth violence? How has violence affected your life? What are some of your solutions to youth violence?
After the writings are evaluated, the top ten boys and girls will be honored during the local recognition banquet. Of these writings, the boy and girl with the most responsive essays will be selected as “national ambassadors.” These students, a parent and their teacher will attend the National Recognition Week in Washington, D.C., in July.
During the National Recognition Week, national ambassadors have the opportunity to present their views to the Secretary of Education, Secretary of the Interior, Attorney General and members of Congress. In addition, their writings will be published and placed in the Library of Congress.
According to the Councilman, “I will continue to fight youth crime and violence from a preventive perspective. I look forward to equipping our youth with the tools to say no to youth violence.”
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