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Project Milwaukee
8:09 pm
Fri June 6, 2008

A Few Possible Solutions to Youth Violence

Today we conclude our series on youth violence, although our coverage of the problem and its solutions will continue indefinitely. Earlier this week, we held a public forum, asking major players in the field to share their thoughts on the causes of youth violence and what might prevent it. Here is a snapshot of solutions mentioned.

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Project Milwaukee
8:05 pm
Fri June 6, 2008

Efforts to Improve Kids' Mental Health

We conclude our Project Milwaukee coverage of youth violence by focusing on possible solutions to the problem. On Thursday, we aired a report about the connection between violence and kids’ mental health. Advocates say there needs to be a more coordinated approach in Milwaukee for making sure all the children who need mental health services receive them. Dan Magnuson is working to build a better network. He’s executive director of The Counseling Center of Milwaukee, and chairman of a group called “Youth Mental Health Connections.” Magnuson spoke with WUWM's Erin Toner.

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Project Milwaukee
8:02 pm
Fri June 6, 2008

Peace Making Circle Teaches Young Kids to Resist Violence

Words on a chalkboard spell out the code of conduct for the Peace Making Circle.

For the last week and a half, WUWM has been reporting on youth violence: the causes and the solutions. Many of the people we've talked to told us how important it is for kids to have mentors who show them the right way to live.

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Project Milwaukee
7:56 pm
Thu June 5, 2008

Model Nonviolence

Teny Gross is executive director of the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence in Providence, Rhode Island. The institute runs an outreach program and teaches non-violence in schools. Its approach has won support in the Providence community, and among activists here in Milwaukee, who call it a successful model for fighting youth violence. Gross speaks with Jane Hampden.

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Project Milwaukee
7:52 pm
Thu June 5, 2008

Blocking the Transmission of Violence

Alex Kotlowitz of Chicago is a Peabody award-winning journalist. His New York Times Magazine article, Blocking the Transmission of Violence appeared last month. Jane Hampden speaks with him from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he teaches writing.

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Project Milwaukee
7:49 pm
Thu June 5, 2008

Future Looks Bright for Gunshot Survivor

Jadea Mack (top) and her mother Andrea Mack outside their home in Milwaukee's central city.

For the past few years, Milwaukee has grappled with a triple digit homicide rate, and among the victims have been children. Some have been involved in gangs and criminal activity; others were innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire. WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson talked to one young gunshot survivor, as part of our series, Project Milwaukee: Youth Violence.

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Project Milwaukee
7:41 pm
Thu June 5, 2008

New Birth Provides New Beginnings

Research shows that youth who grow up in low income neighborhoods are more likely than privileged kids to become involved in gangs or take part in other violent activity. As part of our series on youth violence in Milwaukee, WUWM’s LaToya Dennis visits an after-school program that is succeeding in helping some kids turn around their lives.

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Project Milwaukee
7:37 pm
Thu June 5, 2008

Are Kids' Mental Health Needs Being Met?

We continue our Project Milwaukee series on youth violence now with a look at kids’ mental health needs. A report by the Alliance for Children and Families says at least 26,000 children in Milwaukee suffer from some type of mental disorder, such as anxiety, behavior problems or depression. Members of the alliance say there’s often a relationship between violent behavior and mental well-being.

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Project Milwaukee
7:33 pm
Thu June 5, 2008

Youth Violence Endemic to Milwaukee

Dr. Steven Hargarten teaches class at Medical College of Wisconsin.

Gun violence reached epidemic proportions in Milwaukee in the 1990s. Today, it is endemic --woven into the fabric of everyday life. That's according to researcher and physician Dr. Steven Hargerten of the Medical College of Wisconsin. Hargarten views youth homicide, especially among minority males, as a disease.

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Project Milwaukee
7:30 pm
Thu June 5, 2008

Juveniles Get Embroiled in Court System at an Early Age

Glen, a 15-year-old resident at Lad Lake.

We've been exploring the issue of youth violence from a variety of angles for the past week on WUWM. We've met children who've been either victims or perpetrators of violent crimes. Some of the offenders wind up in the court system at an early age.

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