Award_ribbon
2010 Honorable Mention

Cease 4 Peace

Sidebar_participants_230px Sidebars_themes
Thm_clrd_34 Thm_clrd_25 Thm_clrd_30
Sidebars_aboutproj
Addressing his personal experience growing up in Flint, Michigan, DeMarcus Smith has designed a project that speaks to youth in his community about the choices they make regarding their future and how they use their talents. Because gun violence is all too prevalent, many young people, especially African American males, feel as though they have no choice other than to engage in negative behavior to get through life, even when it comes to obtaining basic necessities.
Sidebars_moreinfo

DeMarcus Smith & Mara Jevera Fulmer
mara.fulmer@mcc.edu

Sidebars_links
+ Share(close)
Email (close)
 
Sidebars_last_modified
June 18, 2013
  • Trans
  • Trans
  • Trans
Project_in_progress
Talent_peace-600
This does not take talent.
Ceasepeace_map17-600
Cease 4 Peace Concept Poster
Mistake_peace-600
Some mistakes can't be erased.
Peace_logo-600
Cease 4 Peace
Sidebars_challenge

The greatest challenge is just getting the young people to believe that there are more ways to be successful than to resort to negative behavior. They often don't respond to more mainstream images of success and are drawn to stereotypical images of success such as a rapper or drug dealer.

 
Sidebars_solution

By showing shocking images, stark and suggestive of a violent situation, the youth must think twice about their participation in it. The images are juxtaposed with text discussing the consequences of their behavior. The overall message is that it is up to you to decide how to use your talents to achieve more positive goals.