- Associated Press - Sunday, December 4, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - Youth leaders in Detroit will join local officials in urging people to refrain from firing guns while celebrating the New Year.

The Neighborhood Service Organization’s Youth Initiative Project is scheduled to launch the annual “Hugs, Not Bullets” campaign Tuesday morning at Detroit’s Public Safety Headquarters.

Police Chief James Craig will help kick off the campaign which also focuses on student-led activities that involve community and classroom workshops on gun violence, bullying and gang activity. Youth leaders work with schools to engage students on the importance of conflict resolution and productive ways to settle disputes.

The Neighborhood Service Organization is a private, nonprofit human services agency. The Youth Initiatives Project was started in 1999. It encourages youth activism and peer-to-peer collaboration to improve the capacity of neighborhood and community organizations.

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