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Port Arthur, Texas

Combating gang violence through art expression and education

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Creative Expression
  • Education

The city of Port Arthur can be considered one of the most dangerous cities in the state. More than 94% of the communities in Texas have lower crime rates than Port Arthur. The rapid increase in youth violence can be attributed to the immense crime in the city. In addition to the crime rate, Port Arthur's air quality is horrendous due to major oil companies residing near marginalized homes and community centers. The American Lung Association gave Port Arthur an F for air quality and asthma rates in the town are more than twice more than the national average.

It is evident that Port Arthur is in desperate need of help and ASB has been called to serve. Our initiative for this site is combating youth injustice through art expression and health education. During the time we are down there, our hopes are to implement programs that will positively impact the entire community. ASB Port Arthur aims to defer youth from crime involvement by helping them explore their talents. Along with talent expression, we will be implement health education workshops and programs that encourage the youth to be knowledgeable of their environments and keep their health as a priority.

COORDINATOR

Tayler Christian
Tayler Christian
Hometown: Mount Vernon, NY
Major: Psychology
Classification: Sophomore
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