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Peace Corner Youth Center Tackles Gun Violence with Art

By Jackie Kostek | August 14, 2013 4:21pm
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AUSTIN — For children living in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Chicago, dealing with the issue of handgun violence isn't easy.

But that's exactly what the eight-week Student Voices institute — run by the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence at the Peace Corner Youth Center — tackled.

"There are over 300 million guns in circulation, one for every man, woman and child," said Diquan Jones, a 16-year-old participant. "You don't really need all those guns. That's one possible reason I think we have so many gun crimes."

At the end of the program, each student had to produce a work of art — a drawing, an essay or poem — that illustrated something they learned during the program.

To see the students' projects and see their presentations, watch the video.