Workshop helps eliminate violent encounters with youth, police

Two-hundred fifty Wheatley High School juniors and seniors, local police officers and representatives with the Houston Health Department’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative Wheatley High School students and area police officers will take part in a workshop to help reduce hostile and deadly encounters between youths and law-enforcement officers.

The workshop, organized by the Houston Health Department’s MBK initiative, will focus on de-escalation techniques and building trust between communities of color and law-enforcement officers. MBK is a national initiative. The Houston Health Department launched and leads the local MBK effort to improve academic success, employment and safety from violent crime for boys and young men of color. MBK Houston works with HISD schools comprising the feeder pattern for Kashmere, Wheatley and Scarborough High Schools.

MBK Houston’s focus includes six areas:

  • entering school ready to learn;
  • reading at grade level by third grade;
  • graduating from high school ready for college and career;
  • completing post-secondary education or training;
  • successfully entering the workforce; and
  • reducing crime and violence and providing a second chance.

When:

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, 2016

Where:

Wheatley High School, small gym, 4801 Providence