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.
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.
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.
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.