The New Yorker recently profiled Shaina Harrison, Program Director of the reACTION youth program–the NYAGV Education Fund’s after-school class that teaches teens about gun violence and its prevention.
Shaina told New Yorker writer Ian Frazier:
“The reasons kids pick up guns is that they feel powerless. I try to let them understand how they can have power. We draw maps of their neighborhoods and figure out who their representatives are. The first time I ask who represents them in the government, they always shout ‘Obama!’ I try to show them there are dozens of people between them and him.”
She added, “People sometimes ask them what they want to be when they grow up. Don’t ask that. Ask what they want to be right now! I want to help them find that out– how they can have some direction and some power, without it coming from a gun.”
- More information on the reACTION after-school youth program.
- Link to The New Yorker article (New Yorker login required).