Campaign By: TKF
Cause to Ignite: Stopping Youth Violence
All proceeds raised from the sale of these items will go toward funding programs within TKF.
This campaign is open.
TKF’s story depicts the worst kind of youth violence, but there are many other forms that have considerable physical, emotional, social, and economic consequences. Youth Violence can be more than just a physical act. It can include bullying, intimidation, and electronic aggression. Youth Violence is much more than a social or cultural issue, it is a national health issue.
We love TKF because they are standing up and addressing this issue. Armed with a powerful story of forgiveness and a strategic problem solving approach, TKF provides education through onsite mentorships and various community programs. TKF provides an extra level of support for the kids who need it the most. They are doing more than stopping youth violence, they are changing behavior!
Azim Khamisa established the Tariq Khamisa Foundation – TKF on October 26, 1995 to honor his son Tariq. At age 20, Tariq Khamisa was killed while delivering a pizza by a 14-year-old. His assailant, Tony Hicks, shot him on orders from an 18-year-old gang leader. After his son’s murder, Azim Khamisa didn’t demand revenge, but saw two children lost one forever and one to the state prison system. He reached out to Ples Felix, Tony Hicks’ grandfather and guardian, who joined Azim in his dedication to end youth violence. Together, they have spoken to thousands of children about the “power of forgiveness” in order to break the cycle of youth violence.
In 1996, Tony Hicks pled guilty to murder and delivered a remorseful speech at his sentencing, accepting responsibility for his actions and praying for Mr. Khamisa’s forgiveness. Tony was given a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.
What began as a dream of a heartbroken father has grown into an organization whose goal is to Stop Youth Violence.
About The Design
Each design sends a clear message that the person wearing this shirt is dedicated to stopping youth violence. Kind of like a superhero costume without the spandex. We view them as uniforms for change agents!
The green color came from TKF’s logo, and along with a child’s hand print we feel that it makes a perfect conversation starter. The word violence automatically invokes specific feelings, but adding the child’s hand print makes a visual connection that is hard to deny.
The second design incorporates a global background in an effort to drive people to think more broadly about youth violence. Here are some facts to get you started:
• 1 out of 5 kids admits to being a bully, or doing some “Bullying.”
• 8% of students miss 1 day of class per month for fear of Bullies.
• 43% fear harassment in the bathroom at school.
• 100,000 students carry a gun to school.
Sara’s Sizing Suggestions…..sss….
This month’s shirt has a soft vintage feel. It runs true to size and has minimal shrinkage after the first wash. Ladies who want a longer, more boxy fit will enjoy the men’s cut the best.
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