IS IT REALLY POSSIBLE TO REDUCE THE TOLL OF VIOLENCE AMONG AMERICAN YOUTH? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
What does it take to reduce violence and death among young people, particularly those who are already disenfranchised from mainstream society and often join gangs? A program in Lowell, Massachusetts was recently reported on by Johns Hopkins researcher Shannon Frattaroli, who reports very positive impact with a comprehensive approach to both street intervention workers and youth.
FRATTAROLI: While it’s easy to look at youth violence and the statistics and be overwhelmed and be disheartened, with regard to where we are and the amount of violence that we have in our communities these days I would say that there are a lot of good people, a lot of good programs that are out there doing great work and that there is reason to be hopeful. So we need to keep looking at those programs, keep learning from them, continue to invest, and I believe we can turn this around. :25
Peacekeeping and teaching peacekeeping negotiation and skills is an essential part of the approach and is unique to the Massachusetts program. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.