City at Peace DC needs to raise $25,000 by September 1, so the organization is holding a fundraiser event at Angles Bar and Billiards on August 10. Featuring City at Peace cast, staff, and board members, the event will help people learn about the organization’s mission, which is to use the performing arts to develop the skills, talents, and confidence of young people to promote cross-cultural understanding, conflict resolution, and violence prevention.
City at Peace has worked with more than 1,000 young people over the past 15 years to help stem the tide of violence that continues to plague metro areas such as DC. According to the group:
In 2008, nearly 4,500 DC youths were arrested for criminal activity and 92% of deaths of residents aged 10-24 were caused by homicide. DC’s high-school graduation rate is less than 50%. City at Peace participants are less likely to be caught up in violent crime, are more likely to graduate high school and to attend college. They also consistently report choosing career paths that, but for the program, they would not have considered within reach.
The organization is teaming up this week with with Metro Teen AIDS and Mayor Fenty’s 2010 Summer Youth Employment Program for a city-wide street theatre tour. Next event is Thursday, August 5
at Sherwood Recreation Center at 6 pm, and then Friday at Stead Recreation Center. (There are also receptions after the performances tonight, Thursday and Friday. More details here. Donations requested.)
When: August 10, 2010 from 6:30pm-9:30pm
Where: Angles Bar and Billiards (2339 18th Street, NW)
What: City at Peace celebration. All drinks are 1$ off all night. Adams Morgan’s best hamburgers and pulled pork sandwiches are 2 for 1.
6 City At Peace DC alums talk about their experience