[HARRISBURG, 01/07/16] – The Camp Curtin YMCA has partnered with Keeping Inner-City Neighborhoods Great and Safe to provide the Jump Shots Not Gun Shots program for men ages 14-19 in the Harrisburg area. The program will kick off this Friday, January 8, 2016.
The Jump Shots Not Gun Shots program is a unique opportunity for youth in the community to gather and enjoy physical activity in a safe place. Drug and alcohol and violence prevention curriculum will be a required part of the event, and basketball games will be played from 9 p.m. to midnight each Friday through winter, and participants get a free T-shirt and refreshments. The YMCA has partnered with a group of local organization including KINGS, My Brother’s Keeper, and PAL to provide mentoring to the youth who attend this program. The organization will also be responsible for the small groups that the youth must attend in order to stay eligible for games.
“Keeping our youth safe and providing positive alternatives to at-risk behavior are one and the same,” said Jamien Harvey, Executive Director at the Camp Curtin YMCA. “Our goal at the YMCA is to help teens make better choices, and to do that we need programs like this to provide structure and guidance.”
The YMCA welcomes members of the press to visit during the kickoff of Jump Shots Not Gun Shots on Friday, January 8, 2016. Games will begin at 9PM and continue until Midnight.
Event Contact: Jamien Harvey: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 717238-9622 x101
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