A Panel on Coaching to Prevent Youth Violence

On September 22, 2015, Up2Us Sports presented a panel of distinguished experts for a discussion on violence prevention strategy and goals,  moderated by Founder and CEO, Paul Caccamo. The primary objective of the panel was to focus people’s attention on the power trained sports-based  youth development coaches have to help kids say no to violence and make better decisions. The panelists spoke candidly about current situation in Los Angeles, the role trained coaches can play in youth crime and violence prevention and the efforts that are being made by the LAPD, LA Sheriff’s Department, LA Mayor’s office and others to help combat the epidemic. Panelists included:
  • Megan Bartlett, Chief Program Officer, Up2Us Sports
  • Blake Chow, Commanding Officer - West Bureau, Los Angeles Police Departmentrecycle-logo2
  • Bruce McCall Jr., Sports Program Lead, Sheriff’s Youth Foundation
  • Pam Shriver, Olympic gold medalist in tennis and ESPN commentator
  • Anne Tremblay, Director, Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development
  • George Weaver, Vice President of Child Development and Special Programs, Brotherhood Crusade

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Up2Us Sports is dedicated to transforming the lives of our nation's most vulnerable youth by hiring and training coaches who can inspire their success on and off the field. As the nationwide leader in sports-based youth development, Up2Us Sports harnesses the power of sports to reduce youth violence, promote health, and inspire academic success for kids in every community. Our research, training, and on-the-ground initiatives empower sports programs across the country to become a united force for meaningful change.

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