Children march to stop the violence in Chicago

Hundreds of kids with the Boys and Girls Club marched through the city to call for an end to the Chicago violence. (children marching against violence)

June 8, 2013 1:38:31 PM PDT
Hundreds of kids with the Union League Boys and Girls Clubs marched through the city to call for an end to the Chicago violence.

On Thursday, 10-year-old Dominic joined others in the march. He has witnessed violence up close.

"I was by my grandmother's house and she was shot in the arm; a ricochet bullet came," Dominic said.

He and the others have seen adults on various peace marches in the community, but Boys and Girls Club leaders believe the message is even more poignant when it comes from kids.

"We want the self-expression. They design their own t-shirts and this is all about what they believe in," Executive Director at Union League Boys and Girls Clubs, Mary Ann Huels said.

Children marched in three parts of the city.

"They do experience violence in their community. And this is a message we ant to send out- that we want peace in our community and near our clubs," Huels said.

Children between the ages of 6 and 18 can be part of the Union League Boys and Girls Clubs. Organizers say they are trying to reach the children at the earliest ages to promote the message of peace.