“If you don’t FEED it, it won’t GROW”
– Alex-Zan

Yo! Let it Go

YOGO stands for “Yo, Let it Go!” and is both the name of a bug (cartoon character) and the underlying message of award-winning efforts to interrupt the culture of violence that is causing more and more devastation in our world. Since 2003, Mr. Alex-Zan has used YOGO in many campaigns with local governments, police departments, schools, churches, and other groups to help individuals and communities understand conflict, to provide useful and memorable tools to peacefully resolve it and to grow in the process.

Our society is experiencing a tragic increase in the loss of young lives and permanent injuries, brought on by miseducation, anger, or perceived disrespect. Gun violence is devastating our families and communities. With the addition of alcohol and drugs, unemployment and other social ills, individuals become ticking time bombs, all too often giving in to feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and other societal pressures that leave them ill-equipped to let go of past and present strife. Law enforcement officials locally and nationally have go of past and present strife. Law enforcement officials locally and nationally have Police Chief Rodney Bryant spoke about the 60% rise in homicides in the city in 2021, stating “the majority of shootings stem from arguments between people who know each other and not knowing how to deal with conflict.” 

YOGO is a platform for helping communities understand the nature of conflict and gives children and adults alike many ways to successfully implement conflict resolution. Conflict is a normal part of life and to be expected, but we can learn to approach it in a way that does not escalate to violence by “Changin’ the Flow with YOGO.” 

Mr. Alex-Zan

Alex-Zan Biography:

An educator, author, award winner and trailblazer, Charles Alexander (“Alex-Zan”) is considered by many to be a Charlottesville, Virginia treasure. A native of Charlottesville, he was one of the 12 black students (known as “The Charlottesville Twelve”) to integrate Virginia Public Schools in 1959.

He has 40 plus years of community organizing experience with neighborhood associations, anti-drug marches, arts festivals and mentoring programs, to name a few. He is called on by businesses, community groups, churches, school systems and others to lead educational and motivational presentations.

Additionally, he has secured more than 100 copyrights and 4 trademarks, created 5 cartoon characters, and written 4 books. Two Virginia cities have declared an “Alex-Zan Day” and recently the Commonwealth of Virginia General Assembly commended him for his works through a House Joint Resolution, No. 931.