Four years ago, Birmingham City Councilman Jay Roberson started the "100 Days of Nonviolence" campaign.
He describes it as a youth-led, adult-guided initiative in which students lead the way in putting an end to violence across the city.
Now other organizations are coming on board. But the big question: Is the program working?
As senior student Brandon Davis has walked the halls of Wenonah High School the last four years, he's noticed a sad trend.
"So often we'll have our students come in on the first day but won't make it to the last day," he said.
It's for those reasons and more that Birmingham City Councilman Jay Roberson started the "100 Days of Nonviolence" initiative.
Friday, the program kicked off again for the fourth year.
"It's been very productive and it is working because the young people have decided to influence their peers and make a commitment," Roberson said.
From Birmingham to Bessemer to Homewood, students have signed pledges saying they won't take part in violence during the 100 Day campaign.
But this year, Roberson is taking things a step further by asking nonprofit groups to set up programs for students to take part in.
In the three years the "100 Days of Nonviolence" campaign has been around, Councilor Roberson says no one under the age of 18 has been killed due to violence during that time.
Brandon Davis knows the program works.
"I've seen tremendous changes throughout my own school and community and kids stopping the violence, even against bullying…so I believe it's making tremendous changes" Davis says.
Roberson says similar campaigns are catching on in South Carolina, Michigan and Georgia.
Here in Birmingham, the 100 Days will culminate next year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
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