SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Students from Corcoran High School, Clary Middle School, and Danforth Middle School held a peace rally on Thursday in an effort to take a stand for their future.
When you walked into the auditorium, you heard a student performing spoken word, saying things like ‘I want to make it past 25, I don’t want to die’ and ‘It’s hard to stay together when your people are doing all the killing.’ Their message is loud and clear. Stop the violence so we can make it to graduation day.
“Even if this doesn’t stop all the violence, it will at least help one person,” said Zaniya Bell, 8th grader at Clary Middle School.
Bell is part of a group of 8th graders in Miss Ackerman’s class who worked for months to get to this day to unite students across Syracuse and talk to city leaders to stand up for their future.
“We do have a future and we don’t want our future to be filled with violence, we want to make a change,” Bell said.
They want to make a change like Eugene Akins, a life coach coordinator for Good Life Youth Foundation. Life on the streets landed him in prison for 10 years. But it just took 10 minutes for him to capture the attention of every student in the auditorium, by simply sharing his truth. His transformative journey leading him to a better life, dealing hope and love to those who need it most.
“I’m trying to keep them from doing the same thing I did, making the same bad choices and same decisions trying to change their thought process, the way they are thinking, the way they look at things,” Akins said.
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