Youth Violence and Mikva Challenge

August 24th, 2009

The number of Chicago Public School students gunned down this year tops three dozen. Thirty-one died two years ago. Daily students skirt street organization borders to avoid threats to personal safety as they travel from home to school. Adults wring their hands in dismay, some criticizing school authorities, others seeking ore law enforcement. But a recent survey of Chicago high school students reveals some more basic remedies focused on building healthier communities an families through economic and emotional supports, reducing the availability of handguns and providing early intervention programs. Mikva Challenge, a civic leadership program working with over 4500 youths each year conducted the survey about the causes and solutions of violence in the city. On this episode of Community Media & You, we’ll talk with three high school students about the realities of violence in their communities and what should be done about it.

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