Silence the Violence and Shun the Guns

Advocacy, Awareness raising, Community, Education, Gun/Armed Violence, Youth


In 2010, Silence the Violence and Shun the Guns was launched in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with the intention of making an impact on reducing primarily youth gangs and gun violence in North America. In 2011, items were created for sale, commonly known as “social enterprise”, to raise money to execute the necessary work. Silence the Violence and Shun the Guns’ model is not of a charity or a non-profit organization. Instead Silence the Violence and Shun the Guns is a (N.G.O.) Non-governmental organization. Money generated from the sales of the ever-expanding Silence the Violence and Shun the Guns product line and other sources has been, and will continue to be, used to continue raising awareness, branding the promotion of our solution. It will not be limited to “the creating youth jobs campaign“, sending out teams of people going to all schools offering mentorship opportunities, followed by awarding scholarships and funding other planned and proven strategies to ensure local communities that are in need are educated and supported on how to become economically self-sufficient. There will be limitations placed on the amount of time and financial resources allocated, but no less than what is required for these communities to take over, armed with economic literacy and a successful recovery plan. But in order to ensure that these plans and efforts will not be in vain, adequate mental health assessments and services will be addressed first. Once the community is stabilized, Silence the Violence and Shun the Guns will reach out to those who want to proceed in overhauling their community toward a better life and future. Not all can be helped but only those who want to be helped. Silence the Violence and Shun the Guns will introduce itself to the community, will listen to the needs of the community, evaluate the findings, provide quality of lifestyle counselling and education and training, design a customized strategy with proven principles for that community, implement the strategy, and then begin with micromanagement, which will evolve to micromanagement and end with community self-management and empowerment. “The plan is to economically disrupt victims who are living in economically disrupted communities.”

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