But the violence doesn’t end

Some youth mentoring programs work and some don’t.

What makes the difference?

David DuBois has some ideas that we need to hear because more than ever we need solutions.

A professor in the Division of Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he has helped state officials think over where they want to put their violence prevention money.

And he will be talking at our June 11 th workshop about how journalists can cut through the bureaucratic jargon to explain what works, what’s missing and what more needs to be done.

You will learn more from him and others about applying the right measuring sticks on Tuesday, June 11 from 10 am to noon at 618 S. Michigan, Stage Two, Columbia College.

We’re partnering with Strengthening Chicago’s Youth (SCY), which links over 120 agencies and organizations somehow involved in dealing with youth violence. http://www.scy-chicago.org/

We’ll hear from public health experts, who will walk us through ways of measuring what agencies say about their work. We’ll hear about what exists and what we need  as well. We’ll hear from about a dozen agencies, who will talk about how they do their work, and how you can measure the results.

Why do  need to have these talks now?

Because the city will soon be doling out $50 million in privately raised money to deal with youth violence, and it’s our jobs as journalists to look at impact this money will have.

And because we’ve reached a moment when people want solutions, and want to hear about what can stop the plague that touches some Chicago communities.

Writing in the Trib recently reporter Dahleen Glanton touched on this when she talked about how Michelle Obama has upped the dialogue on what needs to be done about the violence. She wrote:

“The first lady’s stories pale in comparison to the children’s tales of living in the grips of violence.

“Her message is unfamiliar. In Chicago, where many young people are traumatized by the extraordinary amount of violence in their lives, they can’t look at her and see themselves.

Some people say that in Chicago, the time for symbolic gestures has passed.

“Homecoming doesn’t send the same message of upward mobility as it did for my generation. But the first lady has something the Southern church visitors did not. She has a national platform.”

 

Talk tcarloso me – digame, Steve@chicagoistheworld.org, office 312 369 6400, cellphone 773 595 8667

 


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