Local nonprofit Breaking the Cycle is hosting a block party this Saturday at Dugan Best Park with the goal of giving Owensboro’s youth a positive, fun experience before school starts back. There will also be a tribute to youth in the area who’ve been victims of gun violence and substance abuse
In addition to the tribute, the event will feature activities including kickball and basketball tournaments, face painting, water balloon games, free food and a live DJ.
The mission of Breaking the Cycle, founded by Brionna Greer, is to help troubled youth avoid incarceration by breaking cycles of gun violence, poverty and the stigma of mental health issues.
According to Greer, her organization also strives to support children pursue higher education and take on the workforce upon graduation.
“My mission since forming Breaking the Cycle has always been to break any ongoing cycles but, more importantly, it’s about unity,” she said. “We can do so much more if we come together.”
Greer said she has extended invitations to the Owensboro Police Department and Owensboro Fire Department for this weekend’s block party, adding that everyone in the community is welcome to attend.
Breaking the Cycle is currently searching for three to five guest speakers who can share their testimonies about overcoming difficult circumstances in their past.
“We want to highlight some local leaders in our community by sharing their stories and inspire our younger generations to keep striving to break generational cycles,” Greer said.
The Breaking the Cycle Block Party will be held Aug. 7 from 1-6 p.m. at Dugan Best Park.