Program Director Shaina Harrison teaches NYC teens to resist gun violence in the after-school "reACTION" youth program.

Program Director Shaina Harrison teaches NYC high school kids how to avoid gun violence.

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.

The New Yorker article, “Red Hook Postcard: Community Guns,” appears on pages 22-23 in The New Yorker’s September 30 issue.

new yorker logo best sizeShaina 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.”