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Chicago Youth Violence

Every Week Is Youth Violence Prevention Week

Toni Irving | Posted 04.08.2014 | Chicago
Toni Irving

When a typical week for young people nationwide between 10 and 24 years of age includes more than 90 homicides and over 13,000 emergency room visits due to assault, something is very wrong.

Youth Lighting the Way in Chicago

Katie Sewell | Posted 04.01.2014 | Chicago
Katie Sewell

In the face of violence and fear, when dignity is on the line, it's standing up together that makes a difference.

A Fresh Approach to Tackling Juvenile Violence

Toni Irving | Posted 04.13.2014 | Chicago
Toni Irving

Here's the stark reality. We have spent incalculable dollars on well-intentioned projects to curb juvenile violence. But we can't say what works best. We simply don't know. It's not from failing to try.

'Let Us Live,' Chicago Youth Plead In Anti-Violence March

Posted 07.28.2013 | Chicago

Story by Josh McGhee and Quinn Ford, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago: CHICAGO — More than 200 people joined a South Side pastor Saturday afternoon to ma...

Father Of Teen Killed On West Side: 'I'm Tired Of This Senseless Violence'

Posted 07.19.2013 | Chicago

A 19-year-old Oak Park teen was shot dead in Chicago Thursday night, prompting the boy's father to decry the city's "senseless violence." Alexande...

African-American Males Facing Serious Challenges

Tio Hardiman | Posted 05.29.2013 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

Leaders in the United States should take a serious look at trying to help young African-American males overcome adversity without falling victim to the many ills of society.

Youth Against Violence in Chicago Spread Viral Faux iPad Campaign

Richard_Thomas | Posted 07.18.2012 | Chicago
Richard_Thomas

A group of youth has a "green-friendly" goal this summer to reach over three million people on social networks with a "faux ipad campaign" to increase environmental awareness and promote violence prevention in urban settings.

Are Charter Schools the Answer to - or One Reason for - Chicago's Violence?

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 09.16.2012 | Chicago
Julie Woestehoff

Even the national media has taken notice of the disastrous upsurge in Chicago youth violence. But charter schools may not be the answer. They don't equate with quality, and some communities believe they actually increase violence.

Increasing Homicides in Chicago

Tio Hardiman | Posted 08.15.2012 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

Young people are growing up thinking that violence is their only option and some adults reinforce this message on a daily basis. It's time to work on changing behaviors with the most high risk youth in Chicago

WATCH: Chicagoans March For Trayvon, Local Slain Teens

Posted 04.02.2012 | Chicago

Hundreds of Chicagoans poured into the streets on the city's West Side Sunday to rally against youth violence not only in solidarity with slain Florid...

High School Student Stabbed Inside South Side Classroom

Posted 03.07.2012 | Chicago

Updated story A 16-year-old female Chicago Public Schools student was stabbed by a classmate inside a classroom Tuesday morning. Police report t...

Was Suspect In Fatal School Stabbing Provoked By A Bully?

Posted 03.04.2012 | Chicago

The defense attorney for a 17-year-old student charged with fatally stabbing a classmate Thursday morning inside an alternative high school on Chicago...

Teen Killed, 3 Wounded In South Side Shooting

Posted 02.28.2012 | Chicago

A 15-year-old Chicago boy was killed and three others were wounded when a gunman opened fire in an apartment building on the city's South Side. Geo...

Lizzie Schiffman

Shocking Number Of Local Teens In Abusive Relationships

HuffingtonPost.com | Lizzie Schiffman | Posted 02.16.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO--"I don’t know why Rihanna complained, Chris Brown could beat me anytime he wanted to.” This Tweet and similar others circulated in th...

An American Problem: Can Changing Culture End Youth Violence?

Sarah Garland | Posted 04.14.2012 | Education
Sarah Garland

Change the culture of low expectations, and then watch schools and whole communities achieve success. Change the culture of violence, and then watch as young people and whole communities stop the cycle of self-destruction.

Teen Allegedly Bit Cop's Hand During Lunchroom Brawl

Posted 01.27.2012 | Chicago

A 17-year-old Chicago girl has been charged with biting a Chicago police officer who intervened Thursday in a cafeteria fight at an East Garfield Park...

7 Teens Charged In Brutal Attack Posted On YouTube

Posted 01.19.2012 | Chicago

Updated story Seven teens were charged early Wednesday in connection with the brutal beating, captured on video and posted on YouTube, of a 17-year...

Listening to Students About Violence

Hermene Hartman | Posted 01.28.2012 | Chicago
Hermene Hartman

Our students are struggling. They want to succeed in life. They want to go to school. They want jobs. They want to do what is right. But they realize the odds are against them.

Two Men Charged In Halloween Shooting Of 10-Year-Old Boy

Posted 01.02.2012 | Chicago

Two Chicago men have been charged in the Halloween shooting of a 10-year-old boy on the city's Northwest Side. Cruz Perez, 22, and Steven Figueroa,...

WATCH: Emanuel Attends Memorial For 260 Chicago Children Killed By Violence

Posted 01.02.2012 | Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was among the attendees at a Monday memorial honoring some 260 Chicago Public School students killed by violence during the...

After School Matters To Cut Student Paychecks By 75 Percent

Posted 12.10.2011 | Chicago

Students in Chicago's After School Matters program, which supports student participation in after school enrichment programs by providing participants...

The Trauma Of Violence And Our Broken Communities

Chicago Magazine | Posted 10.12.2011 | Chicago

Fifteen years ago, I was on vacation with my family in upstate New York, when late one night I got a phone call from a homicide detective I knew from ...

WATCH: Grandma Mentors South Side Chicago Gang Members

Posted 06.08.2011 | Impact

Amid rampant gang violence in a Chicago South Side neighborhood, a grandmother has an open door policy. Roseland resident Diane Latiker, 54, started ...

'Beyond The Ball': Chicago Couple Helps Kids Stay Out Of Gangs With Sports Program

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Looking to make a difference for young people in a Chicago neighborhood riddled with gang violence, Rob and Amy Castaneda founded "Beyond The Ball," a...

Isiah Stroud Murder: Man Arrested In NY For Teen's 2008 Slaying On North Side

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A man was arrested in New York this week more than a year after his alleged involvement in the fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old boy in the North Side R...