FAIRFIELD — The founder of Alive & Free, an anti-violence program geared toward teens, is bringing a free conference to the Fairfield Community Center on Sept. 14.
The Alive & Free “prescription” is a violence-prevention methodology created a couple of decades ago by Joe Marshall, founder of the San Francisco Omega Boys Club of San Francisco. It taps violence as a disease and “the youth who are at risk for or involved in violence as individuals infected with germs of the diseases,” according to a press release issued by the Fairfield Police Department.
The conference is open to Solano County teens from 13 to 18 who are enrolled in middle school or high school. It will have more than 30 vendors plus different lectures and activities, said Brad Davis, 17, of the Fairfield Youth Commission.
“I’m hoping that students will be excited by all the possibilities they will see,” Davis said. “I’m hoping they can see a lot of things are out there for us and there are a lot of like-minded people.”
Will Bible, the program coordinator at the Matt Garcia Youth Center and the force behind the Alive & Free class at the center said, “I can’t wait for the kids to hear what (Marshall) has to say.”
Bible remembers listening to Marshall’s “Street Soldiers” radio program on KMEL radio. When he connected the Alive & Free program he was looking into bringing to the youth center with the radio show, he knew it was something he was interesting in doing.
“I definitely wanted to do the training, because I love the radio show,” he said.
While the event is free, students need to register in advance at the Fairfield Community Center, 1000 Kentucky St. Registration is accepted from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday. Valid identification with parental permission is required. Space is limited.
The event will be hosted by the Fairfield Youth Commission, the Fairfield Police Activities League, Kaiser Permanente and other youth service providers. A barbecue lunch will be provided by the Fairfield Police Officers Association.
For more information, call 422-6288.
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