ALBANY, Ga. -- Many residents of Dougherty County are eager to take a stand against violent crime in the area, and a local organization wants to give the opportunity for more people to be involved in ending violence in the Good Life City.
Youth Against Violence, an Albany youth organization, is preparing for its ninth annual march to end violence in the community.
The group's annual march will be conducted on Oct. 23 and will begin at 9 a.m. at the Albany Civic Center and continue on to United Pure Life Ministries, located at 710 Moultrie Road.
Sylvia Strong of United Pure Life Ministries said Youth Against Violence plans to add a youth conference in conjunction with the march in order to bring more awareness.
"This year we are doing something a little different," said Strong. "We are going to have a youth conference during the week that will end with the march on Saturday."
United Pure Life Ministries Bishop Aill Mannie said the youth conference will be held Oct. 20-22 and will be open to the public.
The bishop said the conference will include many guest speakers who will be able to talk to the youth and their parents about the dangers of gang involvement and violent crime.
"Someone from the Dougherty County Police Department will be there to talk to the youth about drugs, gangs and about the many temptations out there that they should avoid," said Mannie.
After the three-day conference, the organization plans to hold its annual march, which will end at United Pure Life Ministries with games and refreshments.
Strong said she hopes everyone in the community will be able to attend the march and show their support for ending violence.
"We are trying to get everyone together; it's involvement that really counts," she said.
Mannie also stressed the importance of community involvement in the quest to end violent crime.
"We think it is imperative that people get involved, especially the parents of these children," said the bishop.