dar-constitution-weekSept. 17 marks the 229th anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America.  Last week, the Franklin Board of Aldermen unanimously voted to proclaim Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week in Franklin.  Franklin’s proclamation reads, “It is fitting and proper to accord official recognition to this magnificent document and its memorable anniversary; and to the patriotic celebrations which will commemorate the occasion; and whereas Public Law 915 guarantees the issuing of a proclamation each year by the President of the United States of America designating Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week, so therefore, it is proclaimed by the Mayor of Franklin, North Carolina that Sept. 17-23, is hereby designated as Constitution Week and all citizens are encouraged to reaffirm the ideals of Framers of the Constitution had in 1787 by vigilantly protecting the freedoms guaranteed to us through this guardian of our liberties, remembering lost rights may never be regained.”

At last week’s regular meeting of the Franklin Board of Aldermen, also unanimously approved a proclamation to declare September 21st Youth2Youth: Partners4Peace Day in Franklin. The proclamation was presented by students and staff from the Lyndon B. Johnson Jobs Corps in Franklin.

Youth2Youth: Partners4Peace or “Y2Y,”  is a violence-prevention initiative lbj-resolutioncompletely created by and led by Job Corps students nationwide. The students’ vision for the initiative is to create a space where peers can come together to talk about violence and aggression in their communities, empower one another to prevent violence, share stories, and talk about solutions.

The program provides students with the ability to promote peace in their communities by opening conversations on violence and aggression, learning about how their friends are impacted by youth violence, empowering one another to make a difference and suggesting solutions.