WARREN - Area students showcased their artwork and other talents while taking a stand against racism at a recent program hosted by the YWCA and Partners for a Peaceful Community.
Shari Harrell, executive director of the YWCA, said the Stand Against Racism is part of the YWCA's mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.
Children from Warren City Schools displayed art projects that depicted how they see racism. One piece titled "Embrace the Peace" features students' painted handprints.
Students from the YWCA Warren's T.E.A.M. (Teaching, Educating, Advising and Mentoring) performed a skit depicting how racism plays a role in everyday lives.
Leah Dotson's YWCA youth program T.E.A.M. has been discussing race-related issues for weeks.
Dotson, program director of T.E.A.M., said even young students in school deal with some aspects of racism.
Partners for a Peaceful Community is a group of organizations and individuals in Trumbull County committed to promoting peace.
Leaders stressed the importance of how people react to racism and prejudice.
"Don't let anybody get you down over their words, and let your actions speak louder than their words," said Arius Culver, T.E.A.M. member and high school mentor.