Gun Violence Awareness Month

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THE ORANGE PRINT

PROMOTING PEACE AS A LIFESTYLE

MESSAGE FROM ERICA
June is Gun Violence Awareness Month and LIFE Camp has literally been on the move! If you missed it, check out the unveiling of our first-ever Mobile Trauma Unit!  LIFE Camp is bringing Peace to a street near you. When we collaborate and lead with love, we change the narrative of so many lives. Let's make history. Together.

Join the Movement: Text "peaceforce" to 5-1555

Erica Ford
CEO & Founder of LIFE Camp, Inc.
Check out this video footage captured by Fox 5 News!
TO THE PEACEMOBILE!
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s the Orange Peace Mobile! June is Gun Violence Awareness month, and on Sunday, June 23rd, LIFE Camp’s first-ever Mobile Trauma Unit hit the streets of South Jamaica Queens! Armed with Violence Intervention & Prevention Specialists, (VIPS), neighborhood resources, and a genuine love for people, this vehicle was designed to help transform communities by bringing therapeutic wellness services, conflict resolution and mediation training, and healing techniques to areas that have suffered from trauma and stress caused by gun-violence. This inaugural event was met with a day of family fun filled with games, prizes, wellness massages, arts and crafts, and special performances. 
The unveiling of the brightly-colored RV sparked a much need conversation around addressing gun-violence as both a public health and safety issue. It’s been nearly 15 years and lots of hard work since the idea of a mobile trauma unit was conceived. Nonetheless, LIFE Camp’s CEO and Founder Erica Ford remains determined to promote and normalize peace throughout the community. “Hurt People, Hurt People, but Healed People, Heal People” says Erica. “When we lead with love, we all become more self-aware. This self-awareness leads to compassion. Compassion leads to Peace”. LIFE Camp provides youth and families that have been impacted by violence the valuable tools they need to stay in school and out of the criminal justice system. The organization offers programs and other holistic approaches to reinforce self-esteem and respect for life among one another while connecting and mobilizing youth to prevent and heal from violence in New York City’s most underserved communities. As co-creators of New York City’s Crisis Management System, there have been 0% shootings in LIFE Camp’s catchment areas where VIPS are deployed, and this system is directly responsible for a 15% overall decrease in shootings in New York City, with as much as an 80% decrease in individual service areas.
So, what’s next? For starters, LIFE Camp continues to raise awareness and partner with like-minded organizations that are committed to keeping our streets safe. In addition to visibility and collaboration, LIFE Camp continues to actively raise money to help strengthen and replicate the Crisis Management System so that more VIPS are recruited and trained to support high-risk areas. Stay tuned and be on the look-out for the Peace Mobile in your borough! Modern day heroes no longer wear capes…they wear orange! 
WE NEED YOU
Peace is a process. Part of this process includes equipping everyday people with the tools they need in order to o resolve conflict peacefully. The New York City Crisis Management System trains and deploys VIPS (Violence Intervention and Prevention Specialists) to high-risk areas to help de-escalate gang violence and retaliation, teach non-violent conflict resolution, and to promote peaceful alternatives. The Crisis Management System is directly responsible for a 15% overall decrease in shootings in New York City, with as much as an 80% in individual service areas, and 0% shootings in areas directly supported by VIPS. The system works. Help us to strengthen this system and expand our work to  more communities in need. LIFE Camp is a tax-exempt, 501C3 organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible. And life-saving.
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