L.A. County High School Students Invited to Speak Out About Gun Violence

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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:



 The Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles (www.vpcgla.org) seeks to unify and strengthen voices of member organizations and individuals committed to ending the epidemic of violence by providing education, resources and policy advocacy. Since 1991, the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles has been a leader in the movement to frame violence as an issue of public health, rather than criminal justice.


The Violence Policy Center (www.vpc.org) is a national educational organization working to stop gun death and injury. Follow the Violence Policy Center on Facebook and follow @VPCinfo on Twitter.


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