In celebration of International Peace Day on September 21, we recognized 8 United Against Violence Champions from Buffalo County who are helping youth to be safe, now, and giving them the skills they need to grow up to be healthy and happy adults.

Ravenna Public Schools, Dr. Jay Dostal, Kearney Family YMCA Sue Klein and staff, Doug Kramer, Hannah Wick, Angie Drahota, Kay Glidden and Jenny Brown were all the recipents of the UAV champion awards.

We appreciate the work our United Against Violence Champions are doing every day in our schools and communities.
The reception also displayed twenty photos which were seleted from among 142 submissions for the picturing peace community photo project. Community members were asked “what does peace look like.” Photos were submitted and participants in PhotoVoice chose the photos to be displayed.

Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley was invited to speak at the event. He shared about is experiences dealing with peace.
“Sharing ideas about the things we care about and ways we can better work and live together was the real point of the project. The reception turned out to be a great opportunity for that to happen,” said Mark Foradori, United Against Violence Coalition Coordinator. We thank all the participants and community supporters.

To See all the photos and everyone who was recognized go to

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