Milwaukee officials note that a proliferation of guns and other weapons has accompanied an increase in youth violence here. However, an army of dedicated professionals staff programs designed to reach out to young people whose lives can be turned upside down by the effects of violence.
Starting today, WUWM News and the Lake Effect program are examining the causes of youth violence and possible solutions to what some have called an epidemic afflicting Milwaukee.
Like many urban centers, Milwaukee is an increasingly violent place for youth. Weapons of every type are prevelant. But, so are programs and professionals committed to connecting with teenagers and others to help guide them through the turbulence. Some of the people providing that outreach are former gang members.