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Ryane Nickens, a volunteer with the Poor People’s Campaign, launched the TraRon Center’s after-school program in 2018 as a space to help children work through their experiences with gun violence through art and therapy.

The program was modeled after her own experiences with gun violence, including the shooting deaths of two siblings, Tracy and Ronnie, for whom the program is named.

Read more: After Murder Of High Schooler, Neighborhood Children Struggle With Gun Violence Trauma, DCist, March 6, 2019