(WBIR - Knoxville) The University of Tennessee hosted a summit to help educate community members about stereotypes on Saturday.
It was the second annual TENSE summit.
TENSE stands for Teach to Eliminate Negative Stereotypes through Education.
It was originally designed to fight violence in the community but the program evolved to target the negative sterotypes that lead to violence.
"We believe these are some of the things that are cyclical, how these things happen to our children," TENSE founder, A.J. Donaldson said. "What we teach them is that it's not necessarily that you didn't get the opportunity, because we've removed that excuse witht his summit."
The program has three age groups, 12-17 year olds, 18-24 year olds, and people 25 and older.
TENSE hopes the added age groups helps create conversations within families and educate people on how their actions affect others.