Youth Violence

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How can restorative justice practices used by countries after periods of disruption help reduce bad behavior in our schools?

We continue our series, Project Milwaukee Youth Violence.
We’re exploring the causes and possible solutions to youth violence in our community.
Today we examine the societal reasons that prompt some young people to gravitate to violence.

Youth Violence - Causes

Jun 6, 2008

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.

Youth Violence - Solutions I

Jun 6, 2008

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.

Youth Violence - Solutions II

Jun 6, 2008

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

What Can be Done to Stop Youth Violence?

Jun 6, 2008

Over the past several months, WUWM reporters have talked to dozens of people about the issue of youth violence. We interviewed teenagers, doctors, police officers, teachers, advocates, church leaders and many more. During the interviews, we asked our sources to answer this question: What can be done to reduce youth violence in Milwaukee? WUWM's Erin Toner compiled their responses.

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.

Efforts to Improve Kids' Mental Health

Jun 6, 2008

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.

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.

Model Nonviolence

Jun 5, 2008

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.

Blocking the Transmission of Violence

Jun 5, 2008

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.

Are Kids' Mental Health Needs Being Met?

Jun 5, 2008

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.

Youth Violence Endemic to Milwaukee

Jun 5, 2008

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.

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.

Safe and Sound

Jun 4, 2008

Barbara Notestein is executive director of Safe & Sound in Milwaukee. Aaron Edwards is one of the group’s outreach workers or “community partners.” They speak with Jane Hampden as part of Project Milwaukee: Youth Violence.

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