Consider this startling fact: youth violence in the United States is the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10 to 24. The U.S. non-profit organization National Campaign to Stop Violence (NCSV) is working to reduce this statistic, in part by engaging young people on the roots of violence and how they can contribute to non-violent resolutions.
In recognition of its work in this regard, NCSV was recently nominated by the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO for the UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Nonviolence, which was created to honor outstanding individuals or organizations working to promote tolerance and non-violence through the use of education, research, and awareness among decision makers and the public around the world.
Through their "Do the Write Thing" education program, NCSV provides middle school students across the country with the opportunity to discuss and examine the causes and impacts of youth violence by participating in classroom discussions and writings. Since its creation, "Do the Write Thing" has reached over one million students in nearly 30 cities around the country, with 400,000 students making a personal commitment to promote tolerance and nonviolence.
This program strives to make a difference in the lives of young people in the United States, and complements the goals and objectives of UNESCO with respect to nonviolence and tolerance.