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Youth Violence Summit to be held Tonight at Pearl-Cohn


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In an effort to address the spike in youth violence that we have seen in Nashville and across the country, Mayor Megan Barry is holding a youth violence summit community conversation to bring community leaders, Metro departments, local non-profits, and members of the faith community together to identify problems and potential solutions related to youth violence.

The meeting is tonight, Monday, Dec. 14 at the Pearl-Cohn Magnet Auditorium and will include two panel discussions moderated by Lelan Statom, NewsChannel 5 meteorologist and co-host of Talk of the Town.

The panel discussions will include Metro and community leaders focused on answering questions from the audience about what Nashville is currently doing to help youth and discussing ways we can improve services and build support to encourage more positive outcomes for our youth. The topics and participants of those discussions include:

Economic Opportunity & Family Support/Mentorship
Mayor Megan Barry
Juvenile Court Judge Sheila Calloway
Criminal Court Clerk Howard Gentry
Councilman Bill Pridemore, District 9 & Budget/Finance Chair (Former Homicide Detective)
Chief Steve Anderson, MNPD
Tony Majors, CSO, MNPS
Carla Aaron, Executive Director D.C.S.
Dr. Chris Jackson, IMF
Ron Johnson, Oasis Center R.E.A.L. Program
Pastor Breonus Mitchell, Greater Grace Temple Community Church

Environment & Mental Health/Well-Being
Mayor Megan Barry
Public Defender Dawn Deaner
State Rep. Harold Love Jr., District 58
Councilman Doug Pardue, District 10 & Public Safety Chair
Fred Carr, COO, MNPS
Dr. Bill Paul, Metro Health
Jim Harbison, Director, MDHA
Stacy Miller, representing District Attorney’s Office
Jeffrey Chatman, Metro Parks
Walter Searcy, NOAH

Lonnell Matthews, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods and Community Engagement, is leading the effort to bring stakeholders together for the summit, in addition to helping direct research into programs and policies that have worked in other cities across the country.

WHO: Mayor Megan Barry, moderator Lelan Statom, representatives of Metro departments, not-for-profits, the faith community and other community leaders.

WHAT: Youth Violence Summit Community Conversation

WHEN: Today, Monday, Dec. 14 from 5:30 to 7:30PM

WHERE: Pearl-Cohn Magnet High School Auditorium

The summit is open to the public, but seating in the auditorium is limited. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to RSVP at This will be the first youth violence summit meeting, with more to come in 2016.