University of South Carolina freshman quarterback Ryan Hilinski will speak at the City of Columbia’s National Youth Violence Prevention Week Youth Symposium on Wednesday, April 10 at the Busby Street Community Center, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced.
The Youth Symposium: “What I Want to Say Is..”, which is sponsored by the Parks & Recreation Department and the Columbia Police Department, will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Busby Street Community Center located at 1735 Busby Street.
Mayor Pro Tem Tameika Isaac Devine said all of the topics that will be addressed at the Youth Symposium deal with issues that young people in our community are facing each day including depression, bullying and sex trafficking.
“This year, we wanted to give youth an opportunity to share their personal stories,” Devine said. “We also wanted to hear what their needs are for programming and services.”
Subject matter experts will be present to address the various topics. Speakers include:
· Alexis Scurry, Anti-Human Trafficking Project Coordinator for Richland County
· Tammy Fulwood, Domestic Violence Coordinator with the Department of Social Services
· Columbia Police School Resource Officers Jessie Johnson and Markilo Anderson
Youth, adults, parents, mentors and youth leaders are encouraged to attend.
National Youth Violence Prevention Week was created to raise awareness and educate students, teachers, school administrators and staff, school resource officers, parents and the public about effective ways to prevent and reduce youth violence.
For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.