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Akron PeaceMakers Teen Expo

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City of Akron Press Release
Published: 07-24-2015

TEEN EXPO AT LOCK 3 HIGHLIGHTS WORK OF PEACEMAKERS

Entertainment and Attractions Reward Youth Volunteers

            Akron, Ohio (July 24, 2015) - The City’s premiere youth volunteer group, the Akron PeaceMakers will hold its 9th Annual Teen Expo, Thursday, July 30, 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Lock 3 in downtown Akron.

          The event is FREE to middle and high school students and is open to all teens in Northeast Ohio and will include music and prizes. There will be various sport activities, including an interactive mobile game truck, the Extreme Obstacle Course Challenge and the Adrenaline Rush Obstacle Course.  There also will be a free photo booth, airbrush tattoos and much more.

Exhibitors from local organizations will also be on hand to provide teens with information on education, health, safety and volunteer opportunities.

          A one-hour block of entertainment will close the event.  The featured act will be Quintavious Johnson, a finalist last year on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” He will be accompanied by a four-piece band and has selected the PeaceMakers Teen Expo to premier his soon-to-be released single.  Also on the Lock 3 stage, local teens will be singing, dancing and providing other forms of entertainment as well.

                     “The PeaceMakers are doing a fantastic job inspiring teens throughout greater Akron,” said Akron Mayor Jeff Fusco. “I hope young people will come Downtown with their friends and find out what the PeaceMakers program is all about. These teenagers - who attend area high schools - promote peace in our community; and this year are helping to forge better relationships between police and community through their You & the Law campaign.”

            “Our teen expos are getting better each year,” said Billy Soule, the program’s creator and Assistant to the Mayor for Community Relations. “We hosted 1,500 teens last year, and are preparing for upwards of 2,000 or more this year. We are encouraging every youth-oriented organization in our area to bring their teens out for a wholesome evening of free fun and entertainment.” The only costs for attendees are food and concessions.

            The Akron PeaceMakers program has more than 100 active and alumni members.  In 2014 they volunteered and participated in more 60 different community projects and provided 5,000 volunteer hours.

            The Akron PeaceMakers are supported through funds provided by The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, the Akron Community Foundation, and contributions from the general public.

            For more information on the Teen Expo or the PeaceMakers, call Billy Soule at 330-375-2660 or Willa Keith at 330-375-2712 or visit the website: www.AkronPeaceMakers.org.

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