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Youth Confilict Resolution Center, Inc. launches campaign to train 500 youth

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From the Dallas South News Wire

Dallas, Texas -Youth Conflict Resolution Center, Inc. (YCRC) begins its’ campaign to stop negative behaviors, violence and truancy amongst youth in the Dallas community.  From December 1, 2009 to November 30, 2010, YCRC aims to provide conflict resolution training to 500 youth in the Dallas Ft. Worth Metroplex through a five-hour workshop.  The five-hour workshop consists of communication, anger management, conflict resolution, crime prevention and life skills.

In this endeavor, YCRC is asking other organizations to show their support by wearing a YCRC lapel pin and to provide youth referrals.   “Awareness is the first step to overcoming the number of teen truancy and teen crime. YCRC offers preventive measures and will be part of the solution,” Andrea Clark, Board president stated in a November 24, 2009 press conference.

Over the past 6 years, YCRC has serviced youth in Dallas through referral from the truancy court, churches and City of Dallas recreation centers. The referrals are offered from $0 to $35 depending on the income.

However, with the financial support of a 2009-2010 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation, YCRC will be able to reach more at-risk youth by offering the workshop free of charge to those who qualify.  Since its’ inception, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded $9 million in grants to law related programs.  Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the largest charitably-funded bar foundation.

The YCRC campaign is two-fold: 1- Receiving and monitoring youth received by referral for over a years period; and 2 – Support from local organizations. “There are enough youth in Dallas who need help from many organizations. Joining together, allows us to reach more youth. This is why we initiated the lapel pin idea, ” Diana Clark, Co-Founder of YCRC.

YCRC is a 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing youth with the necessary communication skills for handling conflict in both home and school life.  The five-hour workshops are held on Saturdays, and can be divided into hour sessions to accommodate after-school program.

YCRC’s website is www.youngmediators.org. Additional information, contact Andrea Clark at (214) 394-7779 or by email at andreaclark@youngmediators.org

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