Community Events

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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM)

Dating violence is more common than you may think, especially among teens and young adults: 1 in 3 U.S. teens will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from someone they’re in a relationship with before becoming adults. And nearly half (43%) of U.S. college women report experiencing violent or abusive dating behaviors.

Each February, young adults and their loved ones nationwide raise awareness about teen dating violence through Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). This annual, month-long effort focuses on advocacy and education to stop dating abuse before it starts.

Memorial Service for 2023 Gun Violence Victims

Date: Sunday, February 25
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 100 West 86th St.

We mourn with those who have experienced loss due to gun violence. We are dedicating time and space to remember by name those 171 who were lost to criminal homicide in 2023, and to grieve together with family, friends and community who have been impacted by all senseless violence. We invite all who wish to remember, mourn and support to join us.

Gun Violence Prevention Forum

Date: Tuesday, February 27
Time: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Virtual

This public health summit is focused on mobilizing collective efforts within the healthcare industry. Join Northwell Health, along with fellow health systems, corporations, communities, and policymakers across the country to seize the moment and make gun violence prevention a part of our collective strategic focus, listening and fostering an environment where all of us are actively encouraged to question, learn, and lead on gun safety.

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A New Way to Measure Healing from Community Violence

Date: Wednesday, March 6
Time: 1pm
Location: Virtual

The presentation and discussion will expand how we understand and respond to young-adult survivors of trauma by using a new scale to measure healing in people who have been harmed by violence. We’ll learn how this innovative tool and companion discussion guide can help survivor-serving organizations better understand the mechanisms that promote healing from community violence, and why this is so important.

The webinar is part of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Leading With Evidence series, promoting effective and equitable evidence-based approaches in a variety of settings.

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Newfields Free First Thursday

Dates: March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, July 4, August 1, September 5, October 3, November 7, December 5
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Newfields, 4000 Michigan Road

Sponsored by Bank of America, General Admission is free during operating hours on the first Thursday of every month year round. Advanced ticketing is required. Tickets are available for reservation free of charge at discovernewfields.org/visit.

How to Engage Middle and High School Youth In Programming

Date: Thursday, March 7
Time: 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Location: Edna Martin Christian Center- Leadership and Legacy Campus, 2259 Ralston Ave

This presentation will address the increasing importance of afterschool activities and mentoring programs. It is essential to understand how to keep middle and high school youth actively involved and safe during their free time. We have carefully curated a comprehensive approach to ensure that these programs. not only captivate the interest of the participants but also provide a nurturing and secure space for their personal growth. Our goal is to equip educators, mentors, and program organizers with practical tools and insights to create meaningful out of school time experiences that enrich the lives of middle and high school students. Join us as we explore ways to engage, inspire, and protect our youth, providing them a positive and supportive space to thrive outside the traditional classroom setting.

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3rd Annual Women's Health Fair

Date: Saturday, March 9
Time: 11am - 3pm
Location: Community Alliance of the Far East Side, 8902 East 38th Street

FREE health screenings (B/P Screenings, SDOH, Glucose, Cholesterol Screenings, and STI testing), an ongoing resource fair, and workshops!

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2nd Annual Summer Programs & Resource Fair

Date: Saturday, March 9
Time: 10:30am-1pm
Location: Arsenal Tech, 1500 E Michigan St

Resource fair focused on summer opportunities & teen employment opportunities.

Gloves Up Guns Down Champs of the Future!

Date: Sunday, March 10
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Martin University, 2186 N Sherman Dr

Indy Juneteenth invites you to an exclusive anti-gun violence boxing event that promises to be an electrifying experience for the whole family, filled with VIP Ringside seating, a full bar, food, DJ, and even fun activities for the kids.

TICKETS

Teen Responders Mental Health Workshop

Date: Sunday, March 10
Time: 2:00 to 4:30 pm
Location: St Luke's United Methodist Church, 100 West 86th St. (The Lodge - NE corner of the parking lot)

The Teen Mental Health Crisis Response Workshop is designed to help teens have the tools, skills, and resources to care well for their own mental health and respond to their peers in crisis. We also have an adult workshop happening simultaneously but in a different room in the building, which helps adults be empowered to care well for the mental health of the teens in their lives.⁣ ⁣

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2024 Youth Opportunities Fair

Date: Tuesday, March 12
Time: 12 to 7 pm
Location: Ivy Tech Community College Culinary and Conference Center, 2820 N Meridian St

Congressman Carson invites families and young adults seeking positive summer and year-long opportunities (jobs, internships, mentoring, and/or other youth development programs) to the 2024 Youth Opportunities Fair.

Exhibitor participation is free, but space is limited and applications must be submitted using this online link by February 9, 2024.

Latino Sexual Assault Forum: Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence

Date: Thursday, March 14
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Virtual

For free registration, use the following link or contact tgodinez@indianalatinocoalition.org or ebeltran@indianalatinocoalition.org / 317-926-4673.

The Multiverse of Grief: A Multicultural + Expressive Arts Approach to Being in Relationship with Diverse Grief Narratives

Date: Tuesday, March 19
Time: 12:30 PM 4:30 PM
Location: Brooke's Place, 8935 N Meridian St #200

RSVP to carolbraden@brookesplace.org
LIMITED SEATS available to this IN PERSON event.

Taskforce Collaboration Meeting

Date: Wednesday, March 20
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 3801 Forest Manor Ave

This is a forum where members of Coalition taskforces can come together to actively work toward implementing their strategic initiatives.

2024 State of the Child - Marion County

Date: Thursday, March 21
Time: 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Location: Big Brothers Big Sisters-Central Indiana, 1433 N Meridian St

Join Indiana Youth Institute for the 2024 State of the Child presentation to learn about and connect around key data on Hoosier youth well-being from IYI’s recently released 2024 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book.

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April 2024

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
1 2 3 4
Newfields Free First Thursday
5 6
7 8 9
Ramadan ends
10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22
National Youth Violence Prevention Week – April 22-26

Earth Day

Passover begins
23
Increasing Academic Performance to Address Education Disparities
24 25 26 27
28 29 30
Passover ends

National Youth Violence Prevention Week

April 22-26

Founded in 2001, National Youth Violence Prevention Week (NYVPW) brings communities together to raise awareness and learn how to stop youth violence. This week-long non-violence initiative shows the positive role young people play in making their schools and communities safer.

Increasing Academic Performance to Address Education Disparities: Community Programs and Schools Working Together to Support Youth

Date: Tuesday, April 23
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Registration Coming Soon.

May 2024

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

May is Mental Health Awareness Month
1 2
Newfields Free First Thursday
3 4
5 6 7
Primary Election

2024 Advancing Equity Summit
8 9
National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
10 11
12
Mother's Day
13 14 15
Strategic Partner Meeting
16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27
Memorial Day.
28 29 30

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the first Thursday of the first full week of May is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, which shines a national spotlight on the importance of caring for every child’s mental health and reinforces that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development.

2024 Advancing Equity Summit

Date: Tuesday, May 7
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: Virtual

Indiana Youth Institute’s 2024 Advancing Equity Summit explores the persisting physical, mental, and social health inequities for Indiana’s kids with a focus on how youth workers and youth-serving organizations act as protective factors to address the barriers and challenges our youth face based on race, place, household income, differing abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, systemic and historical marginalization, and traumatic experiences.

Register Here!

Strategic Partner Meeting

Date: Wednesday, May 15
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Marion County Public Health Department, 4012 N. Rural St

This is a forum where community stakeholders can come together to discuss important issues and build strategic partnerships to drive forward impactful initiatives.

June 2024

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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2 3 4 5 6
Newfields Free First Thursday
7
National Gun Violence Awareness Day
8
Wear Orange Weekend
9
Wear Orange Weekend
10 11 12 13 14 15
Free Admission to the Indiana State Museum
16
Father’s Day
17 18 19
Juneteenth
20 21
ASK Day
22
23 24 25 26 27 28
International Pride Day
29
30

Wear Orange

Wear Orange is observed every June. Thousands of people wear the color orange to honor Hadiya Pendleton, who marched in President Obama’s second inaugural parade. One week later, Hadiya was shot and killed on a playground in Chicago. Soon after this tragedy, Hadiya’s friends commemorated her life by wearing orange, the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others. https://wearorange.org/ 

 Wear Orange / light your home or building orange, take a pic, and share it via social media with the hashtags #WearOrange and #IChoosePeace.

ASK Day is June 21

ASK Day is a day to share the message of safe firearm storage and remind parents to ask if there is an unlocked gun in the home where their child plays. It falls on the first day of summer, marking a time when kids typically spend more time at the homes of friends and other family members.

July 2024

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
1 2 3 4
Independence Day
5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17
Taskforce Collaboration Meeting
18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 2008 to improve access to mental health treatment and services and enhance public awareness of mental illness among minorities.

August 2024

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
Newfields Free First Thursday
2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

September 2024

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
September is Suicide Prevention Month
2
Labor Day
3 4 5
Newfields Free First Thursday
6 7
8
Suicide Prevention Week – September 8-14
9 10
World Suicide Prevention Day
11 12 13 14
15 16 17
National Voter Registration Day
18
Strategic Partner Meeting
19 20 21
22 23 24 25
National Day of Remembrance for Homicide Victims
26 27 28
29 30

Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month — a time to raise awareness and discuss this highly stigmatized topic. In addition to shifting public perception, we use this month to spread hope and vital information to people affected by suicide.

  • Suicide Prevention Week is September 8-14, 2024.
  • World Suicide Prevention Day is on September 10.

https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Suicide-Prevention-Month

October 2024

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
1 2 3
Newfields Free First Thursday
4 5
6 7
Deadline to register to vote in Marion County
8
First day to early vote
9 10 11 12
13 14
Indigenous People's Day
15 16 17
Purple Thursday
18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

First observed in October 1981 as a national “Day of Unity,” Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is held each October as a way to unite advocates across the nation in their efforts to end domestic violence.

Purple Thursday, celebrated on the third Thursday of October (October 17, 2024), is a day where people wear purple to show their support for survivors of domestic violence. This simple act of wearing purple helps raise awareness and lets survivors know they are not alone.

November 2024

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
Diwali
2
3 4 5
Election Day
6 7
Newfields Free First Thursday
8 9
10 11
Veterans Day
12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20
Taskforce Collaboration Meeting
21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28
Thanksgiving Day
29 30

December 2024

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3
Giving Tuesday
4 5
Newfields Free First Thursday
6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24
Free Admission to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
25
Christmas Day

Hanukkah Begins
26 27 28
29 30 31
New Year's Eve

Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence

December

Each year since 2013, numerous partners in the gun violence prevention community have sponsored the National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence on or near the anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy. These multidenominational events, held in Washington, D.C., at the National Cathedral and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, bring together survivors of gun violence, victims’ family members, concerned citizens, faith leaders, lawmakers, leaders of gun violence prevention organizations, and activists from across the nation.

January 2025

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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New Year's Day
2
Newfields Free First Thursday
3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
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National Gun Violence Survivors Week
20
MLK Day
21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31

Secure storage of firearms can greatly reduce injury and death. The Marion County Youth Violence Prevention Coalition is pleased to offer firearm storage education and lock boxes at events across Indianapolis. Supplies are limited. One free lock box per household. Must be present to receive item. Recipient must be 18 or older. No ID required.

If you know of an outreach event in your community that you would like us to participate in, please click the link and complete the form. We will contact you directly to discuss our availability.