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Youth Violence

Remembering What Happened on South Capitol Street

David Catania | Posted 05.30.2012 | DC
David Catania

By taking action, we honor all who were lost too soon and start to do better by those young people still trying to make their way through the challenges of today's world.

What Does Trayvon Martin and Sanford, Fla. Say About Our Nation Today?

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 05.24.2012 | Crime
Clarence B. Jones

Yes, today, we may all be Trayvon Martin. But by our silence and inaction we may also be complicit in the continued wanton gun violence that kills so many other Trayvon Martins.

Hungry for More: The Hunger Games Misses the Mark on Teen Violence

Tim King | Posted 05.23.2012 | Books
Tim King

By focusing on action at the expense of introspection, The Hunger Games misses an opportunity to teach a real lesson about cyclical violence, the role we all play in perpetuating it, and our responsibility to make the right decisions.

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.

QUICK POLL: Can Violent Video Games Cause Bullying?

Posted 02.05.2012 | Home

Is there a link between violent video games and bullying? According to one Oklahoma State Representative, the answer to this question is "yes," and in...

Teen Impact: Finalist #6

Mary-Pat Hector | Posted 03.28.2012 | Home
Mary-Pat Hector

I created a national campaign, Shake Off Violence, beginning with a 90-day ceasefire. The purpose of the campaign is to raise public awareness about youth violence and to promote peace.

New Study Ranks California Counties by Youth Homicide Victimization Rates

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 03.11.2012 | Los Angeles
Josh Sugarmann

A new study released today by my organization, the Violence Policy Center (VPC), ranks California counties by their youth homicide victimization rates...

Foster Teen: 'I Want Out Of My Gang Family'

| Posted 01.09.2012 | Home

This is a teen-written article from our friends at Represent Magazine, a platform for and by young people in foster care. Some details from this young...

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...

Are Town Curfews A Good Thing?

Posted 12.04.2011 | Home

Teens in Oakland, California who stay out too late may be headed for trouble not just with their parents, but also the police. As a response to rising...

Denzel Washington: We Are Failing Our Kids

Posted 11.22.2011 | Education

Academy Award-winning film director Ron Howard, basketball star LeBron James, musical artist Ashanti and Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington...

For Violence Prevention, Better Enforcement Is Needed

Eli Lehrer | Posted 11.19.2011 | DC
Eli Lehrer

At least some of the proposals contained in David Catania's South Capitol Street Memorial Act are worthy ones. But I'm not sure that what Catania proposes would have done anything to prevent the tragedy.

D.C.'s Youth Deserve a Less Violent Future

David Catania | Posted 11.14.2011 | DC
David Catania

On March 30, 2010, four young people lost their lives in a hail of gunfire on South Capitol Street S.E. All District residents deserve better than to live in a city where this sort of unspeakable violence is possible.

The Human Price of Our Budget

Jumaane D. Williams | Posted 09.25.2011 | New York
Jumaane D. Williams

Summertime in Brooklyn should be a carefree time, a time for rest and relaxation with family and friends. Tragically, it has become a season of bloodshed for too many of our young people.

WATCH: UNICEF Supported Program Gives Struggling Youth Future Options

Posted 08.05.2011 | Impact

For adolescents growing up in a Timor-Leste neighborhood notorious for gang fights and youth violence, hitting the books and shooting some hoops can g...

Let's Make Youth a Part of Youth Violence Prevention

Dr. Georges C. Benjamin | Posted 06.08.2011 | Chicago
Dr. Georges C. Benjamin

Bullying and violence can be prevented, but it takes an entire community working together, including teens, to find a lasting solution.

Chicago Youth Program Fights Violence With Employment

Posted 05.26.2011 | Impact

Nearly 700 children were hit by gunfire last year in Chicago, according to a report by NPR. NPR has been chronicling the efforts by Chicago schools, p...

Brazil's Youth Murder Rate Doubles Over 10 Years

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BRASILIA, Brazil — The murder rate among Brazil's youths has soared to epidemic levels, almost doubling between 1998 and 2008, the Justice Minis...

Teaching Past the Violence

Larry Strauss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Larry Strauss

The accidental shooting of two Gardena High School students here in L.A. is a reminder of the price we pay for urban violence and the degree of terror many of our students face getting to and from school.

Santa Obama Claus is Coming to Town

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Morris W. O'Kelly

Has Obama earned the African-American vote or merely taking it for granted -- again? Can we finally move past the novelty can get to the responsibility that comes with the office?

Dear Sen. Feinstein & Sen. Hatch, Let's Stop Sending Our Kids to Prison!

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russell Simmons

While the average incarceration rate in the United States is 7 times the international average, for blacks the average rate is over 22 times the international average. The Youth PROMISE Act aims to address that.

Gang Violence: How the Church Can Help

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Romal J. Tune

A major issue is the decline of young people attending church, coupled with a rise in gang recruitment. There is a lot that churches can learn from how gangs recruit and maintain a strong presence in the community.

New Study: Almost Seven Out of Ten Americans Agree: Gang Violence Among Youth Increasing Because of Current Economy

World Vision | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
World Vision

Gang Membership Up More than 42,000 Nationwide Since 2002. Will Struggling Economy Threaten Nation's Youth this Summer? Teens Converge on Nation's Ca...