Addressing gun violence: Sundays in July will be aimed at giving young people a safe place to gather in Chattanooga

Staff photo by Olivia Ross / Ladarius Price asks the audience to be open and vulnerable during a talk at Brainerd High School about gun violence, how it may be handled and available resources on June 7, 2022.

A collaboration by Chattanooga area nonprofits and government agencies seeks to address the recent wave of violence in Chattanooga involving young people by providing a series of events giving children fun and safe activities as an alternative to getting involved with gangs and other illegal activity.

The events organized by the city of Chattanooga's Office of Community Health, Cempa Community Care and the Lighthouse Collective will kick off Sunday.

"One thing that continues, here in our community, is that our kids don't have anything to do," LaDarius Price, co-founder of the Lighthouse Collective, said in a telephone interview with the Chattanooga Times Free Press. "We wanted to provide something that was fun for our young people to engage in during the weekend. While it's only two hours, it gives them something positive to look forward to."