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Violence-Impact on Children Learning

This report was authored by Christopher 2X Game Changers to study the impact violence has had on many families and communities in Louisville. This dynamic report tells the stories of young people whose lives were cut far too short and those who are working hard to build a better future. You will learn the struggles, fears, and losses of children who have been exposed to gun violence in Louisville. Some of the stories are tragic, like the 13-year-old boy who died after receiving a gunshot injury when he was 9 years old. Some stories are redemptive, like the 13-year-old boy who went on to graduate from college, overcoming years of trauma after witnessing the murder of his mother and brother.

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On March 11, 2020, U.S. Senator Rand Paul officially entered the report Violence Impact on Children Learning into the Congressional Record to ensure the voices of these children and their community are heard.

Sen. Rand Paul’s full press release


As stated in the record, Dr. Paul said...

“Mr. President, I recently had the honor of being welcomed by Game Changers, an organization based in Louisville, KY, devoted to guiding our youth toward productive and meaningful lives, for a panel discussion on the impact of violence in our community. The executive director of Game Changers is Christopher 2X, who I have known for many years and watched change the lives of so many Kentuckians through his advocacy, leadership, and community building efforts. In December of 2019, just a few months ago, Christopher showed me the findings of Game Changers’s study on the impact of youth violence recently released by his organization. … I met with Deshante Edwards, who not only lost her son, Donte, but now sees her 6-year-old grandson subsequently lose focus in school. I listened as Krista and Navada Gwynn told me that, as a result of the murder of their son, Christian, their 17- and 11-year old children are too petrified to go outside.

Only personal stories such as these truly demonstrate the extreme toll taken on children exposed to violence. That is why I feel compelled to share Game Changers’s findings on violence and its impact on our youth with my colleagues. Tragically, children are exposed to violence in every corner of our Nation. I ask unanimous consent that this report be printed in the CONGRESSIONAL RECORD with the hope that every Member of Congress will read it and work with me to create safer communities for our children.”

VIOLENCE: IMPACT ON CHILDREN LEARNING

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SHINING A LIGHT ON HOW VIOLENCE IMPACTS KIDS

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EARLY EDUCATION, IN EARLY CHILDHOOD, IS THE KEY

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DEVIN SESAY
AND
FAMILY

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A FAMILY
HUNKERS
DOWN

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DIONTAE
“TAY”
REED

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KI’ANTHONY TYUS AND 
“TINA” TYUS

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JAMIE DENTON WITH HER SON
ROBERT LEACHMAN

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MR.
STEVONTE
WOOD

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JERRON JONES
COUNSELOR ASSOCIATE

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NYREE CLAYTON-TAYLOR TEACHER OF THE YEAR

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How Can You Help?

Be aware of the signs of trauma in children

Get them help quickly, especially if you are a parent, teacher, or school principal, so they can thrive in school, graduate, and reach their potential.

Donate so we have the resources to help even more children who are exposed to gun violence.

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1800 Muhammad Ali Blvd.
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Louisville, KY 40203

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