"Stop the Violence" meeting set for Feb. 15

Residents of Detroit, out-Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties will be presented with the findings of the Concerning Kids poll on Violence and Youth Development. Whilst all area residents are concerned about safety of children and youth in their neighborhoods, there are some startling findings.

Chris Barnes, associate director of the Center for Survey Research and Analysis, will present a comparative view of the Concerning Kids issues poll on violence and youth development.

Dr. Carl S. Taylor, a nationally recognized expert on youth violence and professor at Michigan State University, will then present his views on what concerned citizens can do to understand and deal with youth culture and violence.

The Detroit Urban League, one of the partners organizing the community forum, will focus on the Respect Life - Stop the Violence purple ribbon campaign. The community forum provides an opportunity to extend their campagn beyond Detroit to out-Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Participants will be encouraged to talk about safety in their neighborhoods and learn what they can do to help stop the violence.

Another partner, The United Way of Oakland County, is working on participation of Oakland County residents at the forum, as well as panel of experts set up to respond to findings from the small group discussions.

Parents are encouraged to attend with their children. Continental breakfast will be served and activities for children have been planned. The community meeting will be held Feb. 15 at the Holiday Inn, Fairlane, 5801 Southfield Service Drive in Detroit, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast will be served.