With the rash of violence rampant among our youth today, in schools, throughout our neighborhoods, and social media platforms, it’s refreshing to see an initiative, launched by radio host, 20-year old DJ Young Music, that counters today’s sad unfortunate status quo. Young Music, a 2015 high school honor graduate, who is also the youngest DJ to have a syndicated radio mixshow that reaches over 30 million listeners weekly, will kick off his “Streetz Blunt Truth Tour” under his non-profit organization, Streetz Stop The Violence Foundation, to partner with schools to end crime and street violence amongst youth.
“Now more than ever, we have to talk to our young generation about the dangers of reacting violently, and provide them with alternatives,” says DJ Young Music. “When you see so much hostility in the streets and you have a platform like I do to reach so many of our youth, it’s time to make a difference,” he says with commitment.
Young established the youth-centered organization starting in part as a response to the murder of his friend and up-and-coming DC rapper Douglas “Swipey” Brooks. Young Music recognizes the vital role a dialogue amongst high school and college students could change life altering decisions.
The “Streetz Blunt Truth Tour” is one of DJ Young Music’s first outreach initiatives. The purpose of this event is to partner with high school and colleges from city-to-city, in order to empower students and discuss the BEst practices for youth violence prevention. The one-hour-and-thirty minute event will consist of a video presentation, dialogue and live entertainment featuring local and national artists working exclusively with DJ Young Music.
“My awareness of everyday challenges could help make a positive change. It’s part of a movement for me to work to make a difference in our community. Today’s youth are tomorrow’s future, so of course my first stop is in my own backyard, – the DMV.”
In addition to launching the “Streetz Blunt Truth Tour” in his hometown, other events will take place at schools in cities including Atlanta and Savannah, GA; Wilmington, Greensboro and Charlotte, NC; New York City; Florence and Charleston, SC; and Philadelphia, PA, with additional tour dates to BE added.
As we know, crime and violence in today’s schools and neighborhoods where the students live, is too often the headline in the national news. DJ Young Music and Streetz Stop The Violence Foundation will BE the buffer and meet the youth where they are, collaborating with schools to reach and encourage the young people by telling his story and providing the platform to give students the tools to set their dreams forward.
About DJ Young Music
Since emerging as a mainstay in the music industry as the youngest to BE named national tour DJ for singer Ginuwine, and on the streets of Metro DC, DJ Young Music has established a knack for BEing “the youngest to” do whatever he sets his mind to. A triple threat mogul in the making, (deejay, producer and songwriter) and the youngest to ever sign a worldwide distribution deal with eOne Entertainment and NSUC Entertainment Group – he is the choice of today’s generation of millennials. Having assembled a top notch team of artists and producers at his DYMG Entertainment imprint, while scoring the success of his own syndicated radio show, he is truly an undeniable talent. At 19-years-old he landed a deal to BEcome the youngest DJ to ever join the stable of Superadio’s massive network. Superadio Networks boasts a database that distributes 40 radio programs through 725 stations, 150 of them based in top 50 markets.
Streetz Stop the Violence Mission Statement
With its launch in DecemBEr 2016, Streetz Stop The Violence Foundation’s mission is to reduce violence among youth, ages 15-24, through a comprehensive and coordinated grass-roots approach to prevention and to serve as a catalyst for bringing peace to our neighborhoods.