Youth Violence and Media Conference Recap

Members of Chicago Youth Boxing Club speak with representatives of Chicago media outlets how their organization's efforts curb youth violence.

It is so important to address the issue of violence in order to take steps to end it.

On June 28, 2012, representatives from nonprofits throughout the city of Chicago told their story of how they deal with violence in their respective communities to Chicago media – from major outlets like The Sun-Times to youth media outlets like True Star Magazine. Over 120 people gathered to tell their stories and to listen, in an effort to understand what’s happening on Chicago’s streets; to change the media reports on violence to names and faces rather than just death tolls.

Rob Casteñada of the nonprofit Beyond the Ball was one of many who spoke to the crowd about how violence in neighborhoods personally effects Chicago residents. He shared his story of how gang members set his house on fire several times, and how he decided to start his nonprofit to combat the violence instead of flee from it – coaxing youth off the street and onto a basketball court.

Other organizations shared their mission statements in “speed dating” interview sessions. Organizations like Chicago Youth Boxing Club (pictured), provide a safe, constructive environment for youth to take out their aggressions, in an effort to keep them from taking them out on each other.

Are you reporting on violence in Chicago? Download the conference participant list, a violence and violence prevention source list, a guide to reporting on violence, and quick reference fact sheets when you CLICK HERE.

This meeting was a joint effort between Strengthening Chicago’s Youth and the Workshop‘s We Are Not Alone campaign. Pictures from the event can be viewed on the We Are Not Alone Facebook page.


Written by on July 10, 2012

Filed Under: Featured Story, News Coverage


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