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ETHS hosts Family Action Network event May 23 about gun violence

May 10, 2018  5:30pm CT


The following announcement is provided by Family Action Network.

“Building Community: A Discussion About Gun Violence”

Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 7:00 PM

Evanston Township High School Auditorium

1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, 60201

Evanston Township High School will host "Building Peaceful Communities: A Discussion About Gun Violence" on Wednesday, May 23 at 7:00pm, in the school auditorium.


In January 2018, Family Action Network launched a new teen initiative called “FAN Fellows, a pilot group of 16 high school juniors from four area schools collaborating on the concept and execution of a FAN program. In the wake of the gun violence that has encompassed our country this year, the FAN Fellows have decided to host an intersectional discussion on the topic, which will feature Malcolm Gibson and Rie’onna Holman, two 15-year-old ambassadors from B.R.A.V.E Youth Leaders (based at St. Sabina Church in Chicago) and Phil Andrew, the leader of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Violence Prevention Initiatives. Mr. Andrew recently retired from the FBI after 20+ years of service, and he is a survivor of gun violence himself stemming from a 1988 incident in Winnetka. The discussion will be moderated by Marcus Campbell, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent/Principal at Evanston Township High School, who also interviewed author Ta-Nehisi Coates for FAN last October.


B.R.A.V.E Youth Leaders (“Bold Resistance Against Violence Everywhere”) is a youth organization specializing in peer-led initiatives aimed to develop leaders and agents of social justice. Leaders are trained in the areas of public speaking, advocacy, and peer support with the intent to elicit passion in other youth to extend the bridge between violence that continually devastates the city of Chicago, the disconnected youth living in the suburbs of Chicago, and those affected by gun violence in the suburbs of Chicago who are silenced. Recently, B.R.A.V.E leaders have been featured in a documentary on violence by Katie Couric, and spoke in Washington, D.C. for The March for Our Lives rally, addressing “Every Day Shootings are Everyday Problems.”


Mr. Andrew brings unique, multiple perspectives to the discussion. A former FBI Special Agent, he served as an instructor at the FBI Academy as an expert in crisis management negotiation, behavior analysis, and undercover work. In his work with the Archdiocese, Mr. Andrew is responsible for all aspects of safety, programs, and partnerships. His personal story of being a survivor of gun violence in his parents’ Winnetka home at age 20, and subsequent path of resilience and growth, is deeply inspirational.


ETHS is located at 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, 60201. The auditorium is wheelchair accessible. Guests should plan to arrive about 15 minutes prior to 7:00pm to find parking and seats. Parking is available in the lot across from the main entrance, off of Dodge Avenue, or in the lots behind the high school. Parking is also available along Dodge Avenue according to posted City of Evanston signs.


The May 23 presentation is sponsored by Family Action Network (FAN) in partnership with Evanston Township High School D202, the Joseph Sears School, New Trier High School D203, the New Trier Parents’ Association, North Shore Country Day School, Youth and Opportunity United (Y.O.U.), and the YWCA Evanston-North Shore.

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