Thanks to everyone who participated in the first Knowing is Power event organized by the Educational Community Health Advocate team!
HLC Community Health Advocates/Workers, law enforcement agencies and community members came together to empower youth to learn about civil rights and learn how to be safe. The event was created in light of recent law enforcement shootings in the Vancouver area. Other participants included YWCA, Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Association, LULAC and NAACP.
Approximately 50 people attended the inaugural event. Key to the event’s success was the efforts by all parties to make this a safe, supportive healthy space in which law enforcement agencies heard youth concerns and addressed their questions. This made it possible to have the sort of authentic two-way communication that’s necessary for building stronger ties and trust between the community and law enforcement officials. Special thanks to our moderator, Tyler Monk!
Going forward, HLC and the ECHA team hope to continue using this format to engage and educate the community and go deeper on issues of rights, diversity, racial profiling and more. Stay tuned for future updates!