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City Youth Groups to co-host “PHLYouthTalks: Gun Violence from Parkland to Philly”


The Philadelphia Youth Commission (PYC) and Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee (MAC) are co-hosting a special #PHLYouthTalk for Philadelphia’s youth to tell their stories about the impacts of gun violence in their lives, and connect to solutions and resources in the city. In light of the recent youth-led advocacy spurred by the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the PYC and MAC are partnering to host a youth led discussion about the everyday violence happening in Philadelphia.


This youth-led event will begin with an educative session, Gun Laws 101, presented by Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and State Representative Jordan Harris, to provide everyone the facts on how our local, state and federal gun laws work, the impact of gun violence in Philadelphia, and what citizens can do to advocate for changes to gun laws.

Following this session, the PHLYouthTalk will break-out into the following topical workshops:

  • “Safe Spaces”, facilitated by Michael McElroy, Manager of School-Based Mentoring and Jillian Lopez, Team Leader of Community-Based Match Support, Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region
  • “Anti-Violence Efforts”, facilitated by Shondell Revell, Office of Violence Prevention for the City of Philadelphia
  • “Trauma”, facilitated by Ava Ashley, Trauma Unit/Planning and Innovation Division, Dept. of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services (DBHIDS) from DBH

The event is free and open to youth across the city, as well as to parents, teachers, and school administrators. Participants are encouraged to pre-register at PHLYouthTalksGunViolence.eventbrite.com.


  • Roy Michael Roman, Chair, PYC & Nikki Allen White, Chair, MAC
  • Ricardo Calderon, Office of Youth Engagement, City of Philadelphia
  • Mayor Jim Kenney
  • Councilman Kenyatta Johnson
  • State Representative Jordan Harris


Tuesday, March 27, 2018
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.


South Philadelphia High School, 2101 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19148