Youth PROMISE Act Bringing violence prevention and hope to our youth

Broadcast on September 19, 2011
With U.S. Congressman Bobby Scott & Michael Skolnik & Jamira Burley

U.S. Congressman Bobby Scott

U.S. House of Representatives Congressman, sponsor of the Youth PROMISE Act (HR 2721)
Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott is serving his tenth term as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. 
Among many other important issues, Congressman Scott is the leading champion and sponsor of the Youth PROMISE Act (HR 2721).  The Youth PROMISE Act is groundbreaking, bipartisan legislation that will give our communities the support and funding they need to effectively address youth violence issues by setting up local infrastructure to support effective on-the-ground work, ensuring we are saving lives and giving every young person the opportunity to meet his or her potential.  
Rep. Scott currently serves on the Committee on the Judiciary, where he is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security and a member of the Subcommittee on the Constitution.  Rep. Scott also serves on the Committee on Education and the Workforce where he is a member of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education and the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions.
In November 1992, Rep. Scott was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.  Through this election, Rep. Scott made history by becoming the first African American elected to Congress from the Commonwealth of Virginia since Reconstruction and only the second African American elected to Congress in Virginia’s history.  Having a maternal grandfather of Filipino ancestry also gives Rep. Scott the distinction of being the first American with Filipino ancestry to serve as a voting member of Congress.

Michael Skolnik

Producer, Director, Affiliated with Citizens for Patient Safety

Jamira Burley

Youth violence prevention advocate for The Peace Alliance and Student Peace Alliance

Jamira Burley is a youth violence prevention advocate working with The Peace Alliance and Student Peace Alliance. In 2005, at the age of 20, Jamira's bother Andre was gunned down in his sleep. Instead of crawling back into the hole that was once her life, she became inspired to not take what happened to her brother lying down but rather get up and do something about it. At a young age she overcame many adversities, including homelessness and living in a drug and violent affected community. Many times people labeled her as a victim, but after the death of her brother, she refused to allow anyone to think of her outside of the work that she's accomplished. With the murder of Andre she discovered her purpose and it allowed her to live for something bigger than herself. As a result, she created the Overbrook High School Panther Peace Core, an Anti-Violence program operated by students for students.

Jamira is a recent graduate of Temple University, a founding member of the Campaign for Non-violence Schools, and served as National Coordinator for the Student Peace Alliance.  After leading a campaign to put the creation of a City of Philadelphia Youth Commission on the ballot, Jamira was appointed by the mayor as its first Executive Director.  Her drive, perseverance, and passion to create a culture of peace are admired both in her home city and nationally.