LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Lexington organization is holding a series of workshops to help end the cycle of violence after some of their summer camp attendees witnessed a deadly shooting.
Two weeks ago, the children at the Community Inspired Solutions summer camp were playing outside when a deadly shooting took place a few hundred yards away at the Coolavin Park Apartments. Many of the children saw what was going on, or they heard the gunshots.
"Violence in our community is become so prevalent, they're becoming hardened to it," said Rebecca Webb, the co-founder of Community Inspired Solutions.
This week, those children are taking part in a series of workshops that were planned before the shooting, but now are more important than ever. The workshops touch on subjects like gun violence, cyber bullying, and anxiety.
"I think it's important to talk about them, I like it too but I mostly think it's important to talk about them because it happens a lot," said camper Areli Green.
Webb said that they hope the workshops educate the kids, giving them the tools and skills they need to handle difficult situations and to make good choices.
"If what our kids learned yesterday, and today with us at some point, has an impact on one child's life, we have succeeded," Webb said.
Community Inspired Solutions also runs an after-school program to keep kids out of trouble during the school year. To learn more about the organization or to donate, call (859) 693-6436 or click here.
They are in need of donations of meals and volunteers to help with arts and crafts, or to tutor kids in reading and math. They are also looking for speakers to address different topics to educate and empower the kids.