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High School Students Invited to Speak Out About Gun Violence in New Video Contest
By Sentinel News Service
Published March 30, 2016
(Amanda Scurlock/LA Sentinel)

(Amanda Scurlock/LA Sentinel)

The Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles is joining the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C. to announce a video contest open to high school students in Los Angeles County. The second annual Tony Borbon Youth Scholarship Video Contest invites high school students to submit films/videos on the negative effects of gun violence on youth and the positive actions youth are taking to reduce it.

“Gun violence not only harms the victims, but the entire community,” says Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles Associate Director Daniel Healy. “Youth who witness or experience it have the greatest insight into how we can prevent it from happening in the first place.”

“Young people are facing the impacts of gun violence and their voices deserve to be heard,” adds Violence Policy Center Executive Director Josh Sugarmann. “In Los Angeles County, we hope this contest gives young people the opportunity to share their experiences and articulate their visions for how we can work together to save lives.”

Contest entries are due by July 1, 2016. Films/videos can be three minutes long or less. The winner will receive the Tony Borbon Youth Scholarship in the amount of $1000, and the runner-up will receive $500. The winner will be honored at the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles Angel of Peace Awards Luncheon on September 21, 2016.

The Scholarship is named after Tony Borbon, who helped establish the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles as its first chairman in the 1990s. He was a firefighter and activist who dedicated his life to preventing violence by supporting his community and bringing people together for collective action.

For more details and to submit an entry, please visit:

http://www.vpcgla.org/videocontest/

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