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A Community-Based Approach to Violence Intervention

Social Justice

A Community-Based Approach to Violence Intervention

Remarks from Myesha Watkins, Executive Director, Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance

Friday, June 28, 2024
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Doors at 11:15am / Lunch at 11:30am / Forum begins 12:00pm

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"If you ask yourself 'what does peace look like for me?' then I think we'll be closer to what peace can look like for all of us." – Myesha Watkins

The Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance is an independent, neighborhood-based organization dedicated to maintaining peace and keeping young people out of gangs. Through grassroots efforts, the organization utilizes community violence intervention targeting individuals ages 14-24 who face the highest risk of being involved in gun violence. The organization provides a range of services, including court advocacy, hospital-based programs, employment opportunities, mental health services, and more.

Since 2020, Myesha Watkins has led Cleveland Peacemakers Inc. She is a licensed social worker, youth development professional, and violence prevention expert. In 2021, Myesha was selected to participate in Mayor-elect Justin Bibb's transition team and public safety committee. Then in 2022, she was invited to the White House and recognized for her work in violence prevention by President Joe Biden. Earlier this year, she was invited back to the White House after she graduated from the inaugural cohort of the University of Chicago Crime Lab’s Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy.

Join the City Club as we hear from Myesha Watkins as part of our Local Heroes series, and how her work aims to de-escalate conflicts before they turn fatal, in order to build healthier, safer communities.


Tickets are available for purchase online until Wednesday, June 26th at noon. For more information on registration, please contact Stacy Holmes at


The livestream will be available beginning at 12:00pm. Have questions? Send a text to 330.541.5794.

Production and distribution of City Club forums in partnership with Ideastream Public Media is generously provided by PNC and the United Black Fund.

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