Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Youth Violence Prevention Team (YVPT) invite everyone between the ages of 12 and19 to participate in a Week Without Violence October 11-18, 2013. Together we will celebrate the Week Without Violence with free, fun activities. This week gives youth a chance to express their feelings about violence in their community and provides fun, safe recreation programs and activities.
“We offer many diverse programs for teens throughout the year, from employment opportunities to Late Night, that ensure youth have a safe place to go and have fun,” said Christopher Williams, Acting Superintendent. “We are participating in this national program for the fourth year in a row because we value our youth and want to provide opportunities for them to gather, discuss, and participate in engaging events.”
The Week Without Violence will kick off on Friday October 11, a day that Seattle public schools are closed. There will be a free movie screening of The Butler at the Ark Lodge Theater, 4816 Rainier Ave. S, at 2 p.m. Afterwards, Parks will host a discussion of the film and provide refreshments at Rainier Beach Community Center starting at 5:30. Later that evening, Parks will host a free teen swim at the new Rainier Beach Pool from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Rainier Beach Community Center and Pool is located at 8825 Rainier Ave. S.
On Tuesday, October 15 teens can enjoy the Skate for Peace event at Southgate Roller Rink 9646 17th Ave. SW, Seattle, 98106, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Participating youth can enjoy dj music, finger food, skating, and an opportunity to meet new friends.
On Wednesday, October 16 teens can play whirly ball at Whirly Ball of Washington from 4:30–9 p.m. 23401 Hwy. 99, Edmonds, 98026. This is a great team-building sport that anyone can play.
The Week Without Violence continues on Friday, October 18, with a Peace on the Beach event 6:30–9:30 p.m. at Golden Gardens Bathhouse, 8498 Seaview Pl. NW. Teens are invited to come to the bathhouse for pizza and games. There will be s’mores, dj music, and a moment of peace around the bonfire to honor those lost to violence.
For more information about events, on how to sign up, or transportation contact your local Seattle Parks and Recreation Community Center Recreation Leaders.
To learn more about the week and Seattle Parks teen programs visit www.seattle.gov/parks/teens . A special thanks to Seattle Parks partners YVPT, Langston Hughes Institute, Southgate Skating, and Whirly Ball of Washington.