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The Bridge

(l-r) Dwayne Green, Wendell Davis, Cathy Godshall, Mel Goldstein, Abby Saunders, Mac Burdette
(Megan Desrosiers and Rick Self not in the photo)

The Bridge identified gang violence as an issue they wanted to address. The project targets at-risk youth in grades K through 5 and centers on a six-week anti-violence, conflict resolution based curriculum. There are multiple objectives, including getting students of different backgrounds to interact with and learn from each other and preventing an inclination to violence at an early age. Workbooks provided by the department of juvenile justice “No Violence is G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training) are used for the program. Volunteers from the College of Charleston serve as mentors, and the Cannon Street YMCA after-school program is the site. At the conclusion of the program, students are awarded certificates. It can be repeated over future semesters and at different colleges, community centers and schools; it is aimed at preventing an inclination to gang violence at an early age.