Project Milwaukee
8:25 pm
Fri June 6, 2008

Youth Violence - Causes

WUWM presents a public forum: Project Milwaukee: Youth Violence.

Spring of 2008, Lake Effect and WUWM News journalists teamed up to examine the deep roots of youth violence in Milwaukee, along with possible solutions.

From May 29 to June 6, 2008, WUWM explored youth violence through more than 30 radio reports and a community forum. These reports introduced listeners to children who live with violence, as well as those who are perpetrators of violent crimes. WUWM also looked at the economics of violence, and how it affects the entire community. The stories and interviews featured both the causes and the solutions to the problem.

WUWM's Project Milwaukee: Youth Violence forum was held on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008 in the Digital Theater at Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin and moderated by Bob Bach and Jane Hampden. The community forum brought together a diverse panel and the community to discuss youth violence and programs that are successfully reducing youth violence.

Panelists included:

Victor E. Barnett is Executive Director and Founder of the Running Rebels Community Organization in Milwaukee.

Tom Barrett was first elected Milwaukee’s 40th Mayor on April 6, 2004, and won a second term in 2008.

Ramon Candelaria is former Executive Director of the Latino Community Center in Milwaukee.

Lindsey D. Draper is a former Assistant District Attorney for Milwaukee County and a former Assistant State Public Defender for the State of Wisconsin.

Job Harper Job Harper is a Milwaukee native and a graduate of Cornerstone Achievement Academy.

Marlene Melzer-Lange, M.D. is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and a pediatric emergency medicine specialist at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

Barbara Notestein has been the Executive Director of Safe & Sound since 2002.