We recognize that harm reduction is a crucial approach to addressing complex social issues, such as youth gun violence. We value education over abstinence and understand that simply telling young people to avoid certain behaviors isn't always effective or realistic. Instead, we take a holistic approach that prioritizes the health and well-being of the individuals we serve.
Our programs are designed to minimize potential harms associated with risky behaviors by equipping young people with the real-life skills, tools, and resources they need to navigate complex situations and make their own informed decisions. We believe that when individuals exercise their independence and free will, they take ownership of their choices and actions. This sense of personal responsibility instills a greater commitment to the decisions made, fostering a deep connection to the desired change. Rather than feeling forced or coerced into certain behaviors, individuals actively choose and embrace them, making the change more meaningful and sustainable.
We also acknowledge that the freedom to make choices also allows individuals to learn from their experiences, including both successes and failures. By exploring different paths, young people gain valuable insights and develop a deeper understanding of what works best for them.
We provide comprehensive services to youth affected by gun violence that include mentorship, education, empowerment, and providing resources. By addressing underlying systemic issues and equipping individuals with the necessary skills and resources, we strive to create sustainable pathways out of violence. Through this approach, we actively tackle root causes of gun violence, enabling youth to navigate challenging situations with resilience and fostering positive change in their lives.
We are working to create a generation of informed and responsible young people who are prepared to make positive life choices, ultimately creating healthier and safer communities for all.
We also hold various events and workshops for our community. Check out our current and past ones:
Michael was born and raised in Lansing, He is a 2018 J.W Sexton graduate where he played football, basketball, baseball, and ran track. He attended Concordia University Ann Arbor’s School of Business, where he studied Event Planning and Business Administration and played football. Michael has volunteered for The Village Lansing for the last 3 years, as well as APEX Academy, Legacy Football, and American Cancer Society in the past.
Michael currently fights for Team GLASS boxing and is the 2022 Golden Gloves State Champion. His passions are video games, boxing, and making people laugh. He loves meeting new people and believes every person deserves love and respect.
“If you laugh a lot, when you get old all your wrinkles will be in the right places”
Conner is a graduate of Everett High School’s Class of 2021 and a current student at Michigan State University. At MSU, Conner is in the James Madison College majoring in Social Relations & Policy. Throughout high school, Conner was involved in many activities with most interest in Everett Dance Company, Softball, and Upward Bound (a college prep program through MSU). Her current interests include yoga, art, and watching baseball. In her time with The Village, Conner has volunteered at several of our events and adds another creative mind to the table.