Mobile Police is organizing Youth Violence Prevention Week from July 24th to 30th

MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) – The Mobile Police Department will host Youth Violence Prevention Week from July 24-30, a movement to “awaken ‘unity’ in the community.” That includes events every day that “the whole family can take part in, especially teenagers,” according to a press release.

Daily events include a Sunday prayer service, a few days for community engagement, a celebrity fun day and a school rally.

“As we fight youth violence in our city, the pursuit of peace, love, redemption and all good things is at the forefront of our efforts,” said Joshua Jones, youth violence prevention coordinator. “I hope that YVP week will serve as a culmination of what started with our Community Days earlier this summer.”

Here is a breakdown of the events and the corresponding days with location and time:

incident date location time
prayer service Sunday 24th July Carnival Park 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m
Community Involvement Day Monday 25 July Hillsdale Park 10 a.m. – 2 p.m
Community Involvement Day Tuesday, July 26th Trinity Gardens Park 10 a.m. to 2 p.m
Celebrity Fun Day Wednesday July 27th Herndon Sage Park 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m
Community Involvement Day Thursday 28 July Taylor Park 10 a.m. to 2 p.m
Community Involvement Day Friday 29th July Harmon Park 10 a.m. to 2 p.m
Stop the Violence Back 2 School Rally Saturday July 30th Ladd Peebles Stadium 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m

The Sunday prayer service at Mardi Gras Park will include several special guests from local churches in the Mobile area. There will be music and a DJ after the citywide prayer service.

Wednesday’s Celebrity Fun Day at Herndon-Sage Park features “city influencers” playing basketball, kickball and sack races. The competition is public. Mobile City Council President C,J. Small, Mobile County Public Schools Superintendent Chresal Threadgrill and several others will be in attendance.

The week will conclude with a Stop the Violence Back 2 School Rally on Saturday, July 30th at Ladd Peebles Stadium. The Rally Against Gun Violence will feature entertainment, food, vendors and more. MPD will be giving out backpacks of school supplies to “prep you for the school year,” according to the press release.

“If we can continue to advance efforts to support family environments, which in turn foster healthy development in our young people, we can reshape the face of community in Mobile,” said Jones. “And through it we can reclaim the essence of what true community is.”

More information about the week-long event can be found on the Mobile Police Facebook page.

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