Silence EMPOWERS Violence - The Catalyst Effect

About Silence Empowers Violence…Break The Code!

*THE PROBLEM: In Newport News, Virginia and many other cities across the nation, communities are experiencing the negative effects of the “stop snitching/snitches get stitches” movement. People young and old alike are proudly and openly promoting, glamorizing, and living the “stop snitching/snitches get stitches” motto. “Stop Snitching/Snitches Get Stitches” IS a threat and means people who tell on someone for doing something bad will get hurt. This pro-bullying movement is poisoning mindsets and negatively affecting the behaviors of millions. Ultimately, the snitches get stitches campaign is unapologetically dividing and destroying communities across the nation.

*OUR ANSWER: The “Silence Empowers Violence...Break the Code” movement was created by The Catalyst Effect to be the ANTIDOTE for the “stop snitching/snitches get stitches” epidemic.

*Silence EMPOWERS Violence is about bringing community AWARENESS to the fact that not speaking up when you hear or see violence gives those individuals permission, power and a place to continue threatening, hurting, killing or oppressing others.

*Break The Code is about ENGAGEMENT & ACTION. The Catalyst Effect team actively engages willing participants in YOUTH-LED Community Care & Action Teams. These teams are ENCOURAGED to Break the Code of Silence when it comes to violence. They are also EMPOWERED to create violence PREVENTION, INTERVENTION and POSTVENTION community engagement initiatives/opportunities.

*What is The Code?: Silence, Snitches get Stitches, Bystander Effect, Fear to Act, Turning a Blind Eye/Deaf Ear, Not Caring or Cooperating!



Silence EMPOWERS Violence...Break The Code Public Service Announcement!


Silence EMPOWERS Violence...Break The Code News Media Coverage


Silence Empowers Violence (Wavy 10)

Taking Back The Community (Wavy 10)

Silence Empowers Violence (NNTV 47)

Introduction to the Silence EMPOWERS Violence (WVEC 13)

Silence EMPOWERS Violence Youth Symposium (Daily Press Article)

WTKR 3 "Break The Code" Community Awareness Event


Introducing: Silence EMPOWERS Violence Community Care & Action Teams

The Mission of the Silence Empowers Violence Community Care & Action Team participants is :

-To bring community awareness to the Silence Empowers Violence...Break The Code message and movement.

-To create violence prevention, intervention and post-vention community engagement initiatives and or opportunities centered around the  Silence Empowers Violence...Break The Code movement. 


About Our Silence Empowers Violence Community Care & Actions Teams

 *Youth & Adults Wanted: We are looking for Responsible and Respectful youth ages 10-18 who have the Will and Desire to make a community impact. We are also looking for committed  adults,  who have a passion to see youth empowered, encouraged and engaged to function as CCAT mentors, resources & catalysts! 

*Silence Empowers Violence CCAT Areas of Interest: 1. Creative Expressions Team, 2. Community Service Team,  Anti: 3. Gang, 4. Bullying, 5. Suicide, 6. Drug & Alcohol, 7. Human Trafficking, 8. Sexual Assault, 9. Domestic Violence and 10. Child Abuse Teams

*How Silence Empowers Violence Community Care & Action Teams Work

• Participants (Youth & Adult) must complete a CCAT application and agree to a 1-year commitment working in one of the CCAT areas of interest listed above.

• Participants must commit to meet the 1st and 3rd Thursday of EVERY month  at South Morrison Family Education Center from 6pm-8m. for S.E.V. training, team building and specific CCAT strategic planning sessions. 

• Participants must be willing to organize and facilitate: 2- S.E.V. Community Events, 4- Community Service Projects and 2- Fundraisers per year.

• Participants will experience up to 4-S.E.V. leadership field trips per year.



Join our Silence EMPOWERS Violence Community Care & Action Teams!




Youth ages 10-17, parents, educators, law enforcement, clergy, city officials, and various community focused organizations and individuals attended the 1st Annual Silence Empowers Violence Youth Symposium. The Symposium featured guest presenters on various forms of violence, Real Talk Forums, Break Out Sessions, and a Youth Call To Action! The ultimate goal of the symposium was to bring awareness to the Silence Empowers Violence…Break the Code movement AND create violence prevention, intervention and post-venation youth-led community care & actions teams!




Silence Empowers Violence Community Care & Action Team members spent 3 days & 2 nights in Baltimore receiving violence prevention and intervention training. These trainings were facilitated by various community leaders, activists, law enforcement and government officials.




Teen leaders from The Catalyst Effect and Silence Empowers Violence Community Care & Action teams partnered with the Department of Human Services Youth Services team on an "Alcohol Free" " Drug Free"  Community Art Project.  The teams were tasked with facilitating peer to peer trainings and  designing a positive anti-alcohol and drug message on the hood of a car and display it in in the community to spread awareness! 



Silence Empowers Violence Community Care & Action Team members facilitated surveys to families who attended the Newport News Community Family Forum and Resource Fair sponsored by Newport News Public Schools.



Silence Empowers Violence youth action team participants sharing the Vision & Mission of the Community Care & Action Teams at the Urgency of Now Symposium.



Silence Empowers Violence...Break The Code Partners!

-Newport News Department of Human Services Youth Services Team

-Building Better Futures Youth Gang & Violence Prevention

-Newport News Public Schools Family Engagement Specialist

-Daily Press 187 Project

-City Life Church(Newport News)

-Revolution Church(Newport News)

-Real World Worship Center(Newport News, Va.)

-Open Door Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship

-Life House Church (Newport News, Va.)

-The Messiah Center(Hampton, Va.)

-Life Power Music Mentoring

-Peninsula Baptist Association

-Virginia Beach Justice Initiative(VBJI)


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