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YOUTH VIOLENCE

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO REDUCE VIOLENCE AMONG YOUTH?  ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Statistics regarding youth violence are distressing, with young black men most likely to die by violent means.  A program in Lowell, Massachusetts seems to be having an impact.  Shannon  Frattaroli, a health policy expert at Johns Hopkins, and colleagues, recently published a study on the program assessing the impact of street outreach workers.

FRATTAROLI:  You see the community workers focused on not just addressing violence in the community but engaging with youth to provide them with educational services, employment services, skill building services, recreational services, and in that way provides an outlet other than violence for these youth.  It’s a comprehensive model, which from our perspective is different from what a lot of communities are doing when it comes to this street outreach worker model for youth violence prevention.   :32

Frattaroli says the program also makes a comprehensive commitment to their workers, with impressive retention.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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