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    Total Teen Takeover 2020 to feature Dee-1

    Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and Healthy Blue, in collaboration with The Safety Place and the Big Buddy Program, are hosting Total Teen Takeover 2020 next week. Baton Rouge youth agencies and business partners are collaborating to provide a myriad of experiences designed to help attendees live a healthy and safe life. The online community event for teenagers will be held Saturday, August 8, 2020, from noon to 3:30 p.m.

    One highly anticipated addition to TTT is a performance by national Hip Hop artist Dee-1, who will also have a one-on-one conversation with Mayor Broome regarding issues facing teens in 2020.

    “COVID-19 has caused us to reimagine how we engage and empower our youth in the absence of in-person programs,” said Mayor Broome. “Our youth programming partners continue to demonstrate their commitment to designing a robust digital experience that not only engages high school students but also creates a foundation of skills to prepare them for their future and beyond.”

    TTT will focus on the mental health of our youth in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Partners will provide information about resources youth can access to help them achieve healthy, safe, and productive lives.

    “Healthy Blue is proud to partner with local area agencies and businesses to ensure the youth of our community remain connected during these uncertain times,” said Aaron Lambert, plan president, Healthy Blue. “We continue to provide our community with resources that promote health and wellness, and enable emotional and social support. These efforts are part of Healthy Blue’s coordinated response to COVID-19 for members, local community organizations, healthcare workers and frontline responders.”

    The first 100 registrants will receive a special “Quaranteen” kit, a pre-mailed box of event essentials, snacks and various TTT items.

    Due to COVID-19, the program will utilize a virtual platform to deliver programming to the community. Interested youth and parents should register for this FREE event a twww.totalteentakeover.org

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  • Sybrina Fulton to headline community gathering, Jan 30

    “A MOTHER’S CRY” EXAMINES IMPACT OF KILLING OF CHILDREN ON FAMILIES

    On Friday, Jan. 30, at 7pm, citizens from the Baton Rouge area will gather at the BREC Independence Park Theatre to discuss what can be done to prevent the rise of what organizers call “senseless killing in our community”. This event, “A Mother’s Cry – The Community Gathering of The Voices,” focuses on helping mothers who are healing after the violent deaths of their children.

    “By sharing their stories with the larger community, everyone can become more aware of how we can all work together to keep our youth from becoming participants and/or victims of street crime,” said organizers with Stop the Killing Inc.

    They will hear from Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin who was murdered in 2013 by a neighborhood watch volunteer. Other presenters include RCA artist and Hip-Hop reformer Dee 1, Houston community activist Deric Muhammad, Louisiana radio journalist Tony Brown, Stop the Killing organizer Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed, and West Baton Rouge assistant district attorney Tony Clayton.

    BREC’s Independence Park Theatre is located at 7800 Independence Boulevard. The event is free of charge to the public.

    Stop the Killing Inc. is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization established in 2003 to work toward eliminating the violence and senseless killings that disrupt the social fabric in our communities. The organization’s goal is to create stronger and safer living environments by teaching youth to value life, get an education, and make positive choices.

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