Archive | March, 2013

CAB Fights Against Incidents of Teen Homicide

22 Mar


By Bronte Villalua

On Saturday, March 23 at noon, the Ivy Tech Indianapolis Campus Activities Board alongside citizens of Indianapolis will be raising awareness of teen violence and teen homicide in the community. The Fighting Against Incidents of Teen Homicide (F.A.I.T.H) walk will begin at the World War Memorial, later ending in Monument Circle.
    Brandon Randall, Campus Activities Board Education and Community Service Director, 30, took charge of the innovation to raise awareness and advocate for the young people throughout the community. “The reason behind the walk is because when I worked at the juvenile center, there was a homicide in the Cottages over on 56th and Shadeland Ave. One of the kids who was killed, I knew him from the Juvenile center. I was devastated.”                  Randall’s advocacy pushed towards youth after speaking to a co-worker. “The probation officer said, ‘Well, he really wasn’t a good person.’ To think that someone would say that about an 18 year old who didn’t even get a chance to live his life really bothered me. I told that kid’s mother that I was going to do something for him,” said Randall.
Randall added, “I have a passion for advocacy and believing in those who others have lost faith in. I can’t sit back looking at the news, and complain about what’s going on, but not do anything about it. There’s no productivity in being passive.”
    Being an involved Criminal Justice Major on Ivy Tech’s campus, favorable circumstances allowed Randall to take action. Randall said, “I came up with the idea of the walk 3 years ago, but never had the opportunity to do it. Working for the Campus Activities Board has given me that opportunity.”
    The F.A.I.T.H walk will be a seemingly short walk, yet it is being called a revolution. Randall said, “This is just the beginning. My goal is to identify resources and solutions in the community and start utilizing them. There are so many positive things that are here in Indianapolis, but people don’t know how to access them, especially young teens.”
    “I met a 10 year old boy at a mentoring group. He told me he wanted to be a social worker because he wanted to make the world a better place,” mentioned Randall when identifying his inspiration to continue his advocacy long after the F.A.I.T.H walk takes place. He continued, “ Kids like that are the reason why I’m doing the walk, because there are kids who want to do positive things , there’s positive things out there, and we need to find a meeting ground and bring them together.”
    City council members, local universities sand high schools, and multiple forms of community involvement have been reached to participate in this event. Randall’s closing statement was, “There are a lot of individual groups, who are doing small things in the city, but it’s time for people to come together and be more united; the last 5 letters of the word ‘community’ is ‘unity’.”