In the wake of the unrest of communities around the world, Bootsy Collins and his Love Funk Ambassadors are creating an artist-driven campaign spreading hope with the power of music. The Village PACC is designated the first National FNF “Safe Space” for youths.
As a Funk Not Fight Safe Space, The Village PACC will host a network offering a variety of programs designed to strengthen the foundation of children and young adults in the community who are at risk for violence. In collaboration with area schools, city officials, the judicial systems and law enforcement, the Funk Not Fight Initiative will provide counselors, parenting forums, community resources, mental health services and more along with a variety of performing arts activities designed to allow children and young adults explore their passion. We've got the Funk!
Why the need?
- Thousands of people experience youth violence every day. Youth violence negatively impacts youth in all communities—urban, suburban, rural, and tribal. (Youth.Gov)
- Youth violence is common. 1 in 5 high school students reported being bullied on school property in the past year. (Youth.Gov)
- Youth violence kills and injuries. Homicide is now a leading cause of death for young people ages 10-24. Each day, approximately 12 young people are victims of homicide and almost 1,400 are treated in emergency departments for nonfatal assault-related injuries. (Youth.Gov)