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The killing of young African-American males is an epidemic. The health and wellness of our communities are at risk. Opioids are taking the lives of our young people too frequently.  We must find some solutions to stop opioid use and gun violence. Your involvement is needed. Please join Educating Teens Inc., for Reclaiming Our Youth through Community Connections XI:  Focus on Young Men and Boys Symposium: OPIOIDS & VIOLENCE PREVENTION, October 18, 2018.  The Symposium will be held at the University Club, located at 123 University Place Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
The Symposium is designed to develop a comprehensive approach to assist this region’s boys and young men in finding paths to safe and productive lives. Your participation will help to highlight the connected issues of various disparities, injustice, violence, education, and drug & alcohol abuse, and move us toward developing solutions. The goals of the Symposium are:
1. Dialogue about various solutions to improve the quality of life for boys and young men. 
2. Explore long term strategies for addressing opioid and violence prevention and health maintenance. 
3. Encourage the communities to Listen and Hear what our boys are telling us. 

The underlying themes are: 
The Role of Parents and Schools in Reclaiming Our Youth:  To stop the use of Opioids and Gun Violence
The Role of Churches and Communities in Reclaiming Our Youth to Stop the Violence and Opioid use
The Role of Businesses in Reclaiming Our Youth to Stop the Violence and Opioid use
The Role of Government, local, state, and federal, in Reclaiming Our Youth to Stop the Violence and Opioid use. 

The state of boys and young men impact all of us.  Reality and the statistics are telling us that the problems are becoming more severe. It is up to the community to make a difference in the lives of our boys and young men. We must ask ourselves, what can we do to guide our boys to embrace non- violence and avoid other risky behaviors?  It is up to us to address the challenges facing our boys and young men.
We are asking for your support and your participation.  Questions:  Call 412-973-9524 or Email agraham-ellison@educatingteens.org.   
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