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Akron, Ohio

City of Akron seeking new PeaceMakers class members

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City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of stephanie york
Published: 06-12-2014

           The Akron PeaceMakers, Mayor Don Plusquellic’s anti-crime youth program and youth volunteer group, is seeking new members.

            “We are looking for teens who want to make a real difference in the things that directly affect them and their peers. In turn, we empower them to become part of the decision making process, which will benefit them in the long-run; and while doing so, making our community better and safer for youth.” said Billy Soule, Assistant to Plusquellic and in charge of community relations, in a press release. “Each year, a number of our members graduate from area high schools and go off to various colleges and universities. In order to continue to serve the community, we must grow and replace them.”

            Soule said the program now has more than 80 active members. In 2013 PeaceMakers volunteered and participated in more than two dozen different community projects and provided over 4,500 volunteer hours.

            “These young citizens are successfully promoting peace in our city and actively making Akron a stronger, safer community,” Plusquellic said in a news release. “The teens are spending their free time mentoring middle school children, and performing community service projects. We’re extremely proud of them.”

            The PeaceMakers will hold two summer accelerated orientation sessions to welcome and prepare new members for service: July 15-18 or August 5-8. To qualify, the teen should reside in the Greater Akron area. Only applicants entering grades nine through 12 will be considered.

            Deadline for applications are July 9 for the July 15 session and July 30 for the August 5 session.  Application forms are available online at www.AkronPeaceMakers.org.

            For more information, call Willa Keith at 330-375-2712 or Soule at 330-375-2660 or send email to [email protected] ohio.gov.

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For further information, contact:
Willa Keith
Phone: 330-375-2712
E-mail: [email protected] ohio.gov

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