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Too many times, our trauma centers have treated victims of unnecessary gun violence. Too many lives have been lost. As part of our mission to keep our communities healthy and well, NYC Health + Hospitals plays an active role in empowering youth to lead safer, healthier lives. We work to reduce gun violence in NYC neighborhoods. Our goal is simple: Guns Down, Life Up.

Guns Down, Life Up (GDLU) programs, supported by The Fund for NYC Health + Hospitals, provide social empowering, intervention, and alternatives to help reduce violence and improve the lives of teens and young adults. They also provide crisis intervention to victims and their families, and link youth with extracurricular activities in the community.

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There are currently two hospitals administering GDLU programs: NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem in Manhattan and NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County in Brooklyn; programs in the South Bronx, East Harlem, Queens and Coney Island are in formation and are expected to launch within the next 12 months.

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To participate in one of the programs, to become a mentor, or for more information, contact Guns Down, Life Up Program Director, Erik Cliette at 646-694-6097 or or contact each program directly:

To contact GDLU at Kings County click here

To contact GDLU at Harlem email Osakwe Beale of Harlem's Injury Prevention Program at; James Powell at; or Rasheed Young at

Be sure to follow Guns Down, Life Up on Twitter and Facebook.