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Raleigh Bermuda: ‘Recent violence calls us to action’ – The Royal Gazette

Created: May 28, 2024 12:10 PM

Raleigh Bermuda leads the Brave program, providing anti-violence and advocacy education (image provided)

Youth aid organization Raleigh Bermuda takes a stand against violence and encourages young people to develop their resilience.

The charity, which provides anti-violence education and advocacy, has created a list of ways the community can tackle violence in the wake of the fatal stabbing of Zijae Jones in Horseshoe Bay in Southampton on Bermuda Day.

A spokeswoman for Raleigh said: “Through the Brave Program, Raleigh provides anti-violence education and advocacy, helping young people develop survival skills and a positive self-identity.

“These initiatives are vital in deterring young people from toxic environments and links to gangs, which are a persistent problem in Bermuda, with alarming statistics highlighting the severity of gang-related violence.

“Raleigh Bermuda is prioritizing youth ages 14 to 24, a demographic at significant risk of gang recruitment, economic hardship and substance abuse.

“By providing comprehensive support, including mentorship, education and advocacy, Raleigh aims to break cycles of intergenerational trauma and violence.

“Their programs are based on experiential learning, allowing young people to apply their knowledge in real-world situations, promoting critical thinking, problem solving and leadership skills.

“This recent violence calls us to action.

“It is a stark reminder of the work ahead in creating a safe and nurturing environment for our young people. As a community, we must support initiatives that provide hope and tangible solutions.”

Raleigh Bermuda’s five ways to tackle violence

Support youth programs: Partner with and support local organizations like Raleigh Bermuda that provide mentorship, educational programs and safe havens for youth in high-risk environments. These programs are critical in providing alternatives to gang involvement and promoting positive development.

Encourage an open dialogue: Encourage conversations about violence, trauma and mental health within families, schools, churches and community groups. Providing safe spaces for young people to express their feelings and experiences can prevent isolation and promote healing.

Improve community-police relations: Organize regular community meetings with local police officers to discuss concerns and build mutual trust. Implementing community policing strategies where officers actively interact with residents and participate in community activities can help bridge the gap and create an atmosphere of collaboration.

Promoting parental and family support: Offer workshops and resources to parents and families to equip them with the skills to effectively support their children. Strong family units can provide the stability and guidance young people need to thrive.

Encourage citizen involvement: Involve youth in community service projects and advocacy. Engaging youth in positive, community-building activities creates a sense of responsibility and purpose, guiding them away from negative influences.

The spokeswoman added: “In times of tragedy, we find strength in our unity and our shared commitment to a better future.

“Together we can foster a generation of young leaders equipped to make informed decisions, manage their emotions and create positive change.”

Raleigh Bermuda gives presentations to companies and organizations about tackling violence in the community. Anyone interested in booking a presentation can contact [email protected] or call 333-5678.

For more information about the charity, visit www.raleigh.bm.

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