standard Cut Out the Violence! Local Teens Paint Solemn Reminders for Bed-Stuy Streets

Zanaya Middleton, 17, and Elijah Campbell, 16, of Bedford-Stuyvesant; Deon Semper, 18, and Joshua Holder, 17, of East New York (Photo by Matthew Taub)

June being Violence Awareness Month, the Bed-Stuy Re-Generation Project and Council Member Robert Cornegy, Jr. had an idea.

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Photo by Matthew Taub

“We wanted to offer a positive activity that would also provide a solemn reminder of the problems facing our community, ” said Stefani Zinerman, Chief of Staff to Council Member Cornegy.

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Stefani Zinerman and Tyron Cutner (Photo by Matthew Taub)

Zinerman, joined by Tyron Cutner, COO of Project Re-Generation, and Nelson Resto of the Brooklyn Job Corps Academy, set out to engage high school students to create dozens of full-sized silhouette cut outs that they will place on street corners around Bed-Stuy where someone was tragically shot and killed.

Construction of the silhouettes was overseen by the Carpenters Union, while painting (by high schoolers in the local Youth Council and “foot soldiers” of Project Re-Generation) took place at the Brooklyn Job Corps Academy on DeKalb Avenue. Materials were provided by the Home Depot, free of charge.

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Cornegy will officially unveil the silhouettes with students at a Gun Violence Awareness event on June 20th.

“We’re still seeking the public’s input,” Zinerman added. “What other events or activities should take place at the June 20th event? What else can we do to keep our kids safe?”