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St. Louis Students to Take Part in Peace Summit

PHOTO: Peace will be the topic of the day at Northwest Academy of Law High School where students are committed to a better future for themselves and St. Louis. Photo courtesy of freestockphotos.com

PHOTO: Peace will be the topic of the day at Northwest Academy of Law High School where students are committed to a better future for themselves and St. Louis. Photo courtesy of freestockphotos.com


November 8, 2013

ST. LOUIS – Algebra and biology aren't the only difficult topics students at Northwest Academy of Law High School in St. Louis will be tackling, as they host a community discussion aimed at finding alternatives to crime, violence and drugs in the city.

It's called the Urban Peace Summit, and 17-year-old Khoury Stark says this is a chance for students to have a voice, and for community leaders to hear what the students have to say about their city.

"I was born and raised in St. Louis and I would hate to see it go bad,” he says. “I'd love to see the city thriving without any form of major violence or anything. "

The Urban Peace Summit will take place at Northwest Academy.

Civic and business leaders, elected officials, social-service agency representatives and concerned citizens have been invited to attend.

Stark says the summit is for students who want ownership in a better future for their generation and those to come, and not just to complain about the problems and issues they see.

He says he's ready to offer many potential solutions.

"If there were more programs such as, like, more sports, more academic teams, more things for students to actually get into,” he says, “there necessarily wouldn't be that many more students on the streets, students thinking that they really don't have anything else to do."

Northwest Academy is known for its rigorous college preparatory curriculum, but is located in Walnut Park East, a neighborhood that law enforcement officials say has a crime rate six times higher than the state average.


Mona Shand, Public News Service - MO