“Abandoned at birth by a father who didn’t want me. Visions of my mother being beaten still haunt me. But I broke my mother’s heart. I was delinquent. It was frequent,” recited Michael Wilder, telling his story and calling for action against youth violence at the Issues Convention. Venessa Collins-Smith also shared her story about the pain and violence that she endured growing up. She explained that she wanted to fight back with more violence but a voice inside stopped her from doing so. ISAAC voted to continue the work of the ISAAC Youth Violence Prevention task force. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 27 at 6 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Join us!
- "ISAAC has continually and steadfastly advocated for a better way to address youth violence in the City of Kalamazoo, and were instrumental in garnering our commitment to adopting a “Group Violence Intervention” Model."
Chief Jeff Hadley, KDPS
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