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Register now summer camp with Voices Against Violence


Last updated 6/8/2022 at 9:30pm

During the 1990s there was extreme tension between the youth in Beltzhoover and the young people in St. Clair resulting in the loss of life.

In 1995, Voices Against Violence's founder, Richard M. Carrington, Sr., took young people from both neighborhoods away together for a camping trip in the Allegheny National Forest. The goal was to break down some of the barriers and build bridges of understanding between the two groups to work towards a more tranquil community. The youth loved the experience, and so another was planned for the following year. Over time, the experience shifted to allow for the participation of more young people over a longer period of time.

The Voices Against Violence Summer Experience is now a six-week day camp for youth ages 4 to 14, held five days per week, and includes breakfast and lunch. However, the mission is still the same: Help every young person achieve their fullest potential and together create a peaceful community.

This year will be the 27th annual Voices Against Violence FREE Summer Camp. The theme is "A Whole New World in YOU," as we emerge from a global pandemic and begin to explore the world around us again. There will be a focus on holistic wellbeing woven into traditional summer camp activities; creative and cultural exploration with Art, Dance and Music; Coding, Robotics, and Drones; Games and Sports; Environmental and Nature activities; trips to the pool twice a week; and field trips on Fridays. It is designed to be a FUN and enriching experience.

The camp is held at the McKinley Park Community Center; 900 Delmont Avenue; Pittsburgh, PA, 15210.

A significant portion of the camp staff are college students (undergraduate and graduate), as well as some recent graduates and young professionals. Many of them have backgrounds in education, social work, and public health.

All families with children ages 4 to 14-years-old are welcome and encouraged to Pre-Register for camp at


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