Youth peace Olympics

Published: Apr. 26, 2014 at 2:24 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - This year's recent crimes, with some involving teen violence, has put Baton Rouge on edge. But, at Perkins Road Community Park, there is a new program to combat that called Youth Peace Olympics. It's about getting youth to compete in sporting activities.

Alma Stewart of the Louisiana Center for Health Equity said this is another outlet for kids.

She said a lot of kids these days think avoiding a violent situation is weak but, said it really means something else.

"There will be two losers especially if someone dies, because the person who is the victim is dead. The person who is their offender - their life is affected as well for the rest of their life," said Stewart.

Dr. Mary Wade has been dealing with violence and teens for a while now. She organized the first Youth Peace Olympics, in a city that has seen its share of violence Philadelphia. She said although this is a great start for Baton Rouge, to stop the violence there has to be something more than just a rally.

"Well a rally unfortunately can't stop it.  What can stop it though is to get 30 young people like this and have a rally. Then embrace them and show them another way," said Wade.

A parade will kick off tomorrow's events. It's at 10 a-am at Hartley Vey Park on Gardere Lane.

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