Youth Vigil for Peace to be held in Northwest Reading May 18

In response to the recent increase in gun violence locally and across the country, a peace vigil will be held in Reading to honor the victims and to raise awareness about the importance of nonviolence and peace.

The vigil is organized by Olivet Boys & Girls Clubs of Reading & Berks County, a community-based organization dedicated to enabling all young people to reach their full potential as healthy, productive, caring, responsible citizens.

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The Youth Vigil for Peace will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2023, at 7:00 PM at the Olivet Clinton Street Club, 677 Clinton Street, Reading, PA 19601. The event will be led by youth and supported by adults and will include Olivet Boys & Girls Club youth leaders, a candlelight ceremony, and a moment of silence to honor those who have lost their lives to violence.

“This vigil is an opportunity for us to come together as a community to remember those who have lost their lives to violence, and to reaffirm our commitment to creating a safer world for our children,” said Christopher Winters, Olivet President & CEO. “We want our kids to know that they have the power to make a difference and that they can be a force for change in their communities.”

The Youth Vigil for Peace is a non-partisan event that aims to promote awareness about the impact of gang and gun violence and to inspire kids to take action to promote peace. It is also a chance for families to come together to show support for each other and for those who have been affected by violence.

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“We believe that by coming together in solidarity, we can create a safer and more peaceful future for our children,” said Winters. “We hope that this event will inspire kids to become advocates for a safer future and to work towards a world where violence is a thing of the past.”

For questions about the Youth Vigil for Peace, contact Chris Winters at

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