Addressing Teen Violence in the ATL: Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson to Offer Free Life Skills Workshop on April 3 – On Common Ground News
STONE MOUNTAIN, GA – A series of headlines have erupted across the Atlanta metro area over the past few weeks, providing a disturbing pattern involving teenagers in the Atlanta metro area:
“16-Year-Old Boy Killed, 2 Other Teenagers Shot Near Atlanta Fair”
‘Teen arrested for murder after police say he shot 9-year-old child’
“5 Shots, 1 Stabbed, Teenager Killed in Separate Violent Incidents in Atlanta Overnight”
5 Teens Arrested After Shooting, Armed Carjacking, Atlanta Metro Police Chase
’16-year-old charged after car dealership security guard was shot and killed’
Orrin Hudson, founder and executive director of the nonprofit Be Someone, said such senseless violence not only shatters the lives of victims, but also those of perpetrators and their families. The community, Hudson said, must collectively stand up and end the violence by doing more to reach young people.
On April 3, from 3-6 p.m., Hudson is hosting a free life skills workshop aimed at helping young people make positive decisions at school, at home, and in the community. The leadership workshop, to be held at the Be Someone Stone Mountain Training Center in Hudson, takes place on National Good Deeds Day and is dedicated to remembering those whose lives have been touched by the recent teen violence in metro Atlanta, Hudson said.
“I encourage parents to bring their children to the event. I’m going to show them how to make the right moves in chess,” Hudson said. “We will be giving away free T-shirts while supplies last and free food. We’re going to have fun while generating positive energy.
Hudson has changed the lives of young people since he began his Be Someone mentorship program for over two decades. He says he clearly understands the stress young people have faced, especially over the past two years
“COVID-19 restrictions and related issues have changed all of our lives, but that’s no excuse for turning to crime and other avenues of personal destruction,” Hudson said.
Hudson, a former gang member, turned to a productive life that included service in the US Air Force and Alabama State Trooper after a teacher stepped in and taught him the game of chess. Hudson has since dedicated his life to teaching young people and many children at risk in their lives. He teaches them that there are consequences to their actions and to “think about it, don’t shoot it”.
“Good people need to stand up and make things happen when bad things happen,” Hudson emphasized, “and that time has come.” We as a community cannot sit back and anticipate the next horrible
Free Community Workshop: Positive Energy (PE)
When: Sunday, April 3
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Address: Be Someone Training Facility, 949 Stephenson Road, Stone Mountain
All ages are invited
To register for the free event, email your name and contact information to [email protected]