PEORIA, Ailing. (WMBD) — Within the midst of gun violence throughout the USA and proper right here in Peoria, a bunch of not too long ago graduated excessive schoolers is working to make a distinction with a brand new guide.
5, 18-year-old women are enrolled within the Woodruff Profession and Technical Heart’s Prison Justice Cohort, the place they’ve been brainstorming, writing, and enhancing for the previous yr.
“There are loads of youngsters our age which are simply variety, they shouldn’t die, particularly youthful youngsters,” mentioned an 18-year-old graduate from Peoria Excessive College, Ariadna Carachuri, as she wiped tears from her eyes.
They’re writing a guide known as “Legend for my Brother” and it’s focused towards serving to youngsters and youths cope with gun violence and the way to deal with loss.
Pencils in hand, they’re hoping to captivate the lives of these coping with gun violence and make a change.
The ladies mentioned the thought began with a category venture however took it a step additional, and earlier than they knew it, they have been writing a 70-page novel. The thought of gun violence in Peoria hits house for 18-year-old Richwoods Excessive College graduate, Dina Brown.
“Some those who we all know personally have died from gun violence. Kanye Stowers that he died a few months in the past from gun violence, so he is among the causes that we’re writing a guide,” mentioned Brown.
Stowers was shot and killed at a home get together in April. 18-year-old Peoria Excessive College Graduate, Tylynn Johnson, mentioned their hope is to make a change, and it begins with storytelling.
“That is simply the unhappy actuality of our era that our era has been going by means of for thus lengthy, and possibly we may also help wake folks up,” mentioned Johnson.
18-year-old Richwoods Excessive College graduate, Taya Bates, mentioned it’s an issue that doesn’t simply go away.
“There are simply so many youngsters 21 and beneath shedding their lives to gun violence. Children which have futures in entrance of them, you by no means know what that individual might’ve grow to be in that life,” mentioned Bates.
They hope to have the guide accomplished by July.
“That is our house, that is the place we grew up, and we need to make it higher for the those who come after us,” mentioned
The guide will likely be handed out by the Peoria Neighborhood In opposition to Gun Violence and by OSF Try to native youngsters. Come July, the women mentioned they’ll have a guide signing on the Peoria Girls’s Membership.