Youth Violence, Safety and Well-Being

Youth Violence, Safety and Well-Being

Jason Russell
on Jul 27, 2012

July 31-August 2, community leaders will come together with young people to participate in a three day online discussion focused on finding innovative solutions. Jason Russell of the Civic Commons will moderate, and everyone in the community is invited to offer their questions, concerns and comments, and to rate the contributions of special guests and other community members. Don’t forget to introduce yourself with your first post! If you are participating but feel you need to protect your identity due to the nature of the topic you may use a pseudonym name when you register. We only ask that you state that you are doing so in your introduction.

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Ruby Varghese
on Aug 10, 2012
"Selfishness is increasing too much.Whenever I enter into a conversation,it is me or my family..."
Adriennie Hatten, Ph.D
on Aug 03, 2012
"When we at SOCF want to spread the word to students and parents we work with our community..."
Open Doors Academy
on Aug 03, 2012
"Great Comment Josh!  I love your reference to John Locke!  You hit the nail on the head when you..."
Open Doors Academy
on Aug 03, 2012
"Evelyn, drop me an email at agrassi@opendoorsacademy.org and I will hook you up!  Also, I have a..."
Rachel Woods
on Aug 02, 2012
"Hello, my name is Rachel Woods and I am a rising senior at The Whitney M. Young Gifted and..."
Antwone Clemons
on Aug 02, 2012
"I think the explorers program for one is good because it helps you see those in authority in..."
Nancy Reeves
on Aug 02, 2012
"It isn't much help in the summer - but are there supportive teachers?  When I taught there (23..."
Jason Russell
on Aug 02, 2012
"Angel, I very much like this approach. Was the Peace Makers group something started by faculty or..."
Jason Russell
on Aug 02, 2012
"Elizabeth, thank you for providing a link for Positive Behavior Support. I think AnnMarie would..."
Jason Russell
on Aug 02, 2012
"Patrick as a youth advocate in the Umoja program, do you guess have any strategy for spreading..."
Brian Siggers
on Aug 02, 2012
"Hello, my name is Brian Siggers and I am a graduate of Shaker Heights High School, and currently..."
Angel Thornton
on Aug 02, 2012
"By the way I am a Senior at Garrett Morgan School Of Science in Cleveland Ohio.  "
Patrick Payne
on Aug 02, 2012
"My name is Patrick Payne, currently a senior at East Tech High School. Also an active youth..."
Angel Thornton
on Aug 02, 2012
"Hi Im Angel and I agree with Micheal that if we ALL work in collabortion to prevent violence it..."
Josh Abraham
on Aug 02, 2012
"Hi, my name is Josh and I am a senior in High School. I feel that the default reaction is..."
Jason Russell
on Aug 02, 2012
"Quincy, what type of resources are you referring to? Also as Dr. Hatten and Michael Walker have..."
Jason Russell
on Aug 02, 2012
"J White, How can we change expectations of adults? It seems they have given up, but like so many..."
Jason Russell
on Aug 02, 2012
"Evelyn, Thank you for sharing, very good insight on the predicament of video games. I am guilty..."
j  white
on Aug 02, 2012
"hello my name is jwhite i am a senior at shaw high school and in the city i live in there is alot..."
Quincy Smith
on Aug 02, 2012
"Hi , what type of programs would you like to implemnt to help the youth become young respectable..."
Quincy Smith
on Aug 02, 2012
"Hello everyone ! My name is Quincy Smith I'm at senior at John Hay High School. I'm responding to..."
Evelyn Ting
on Aug 02, 2012
"Thank you very much!  I would love to speak with Professor Adams."
Evelyn Ting
on Aug 02, 2012
"I would suggest opening minds to indirect ways of dealing with youth violence.  As a violin..."
Open Doors Academy
on Aug 02, 2012
"100% Agreed!  "
Open Doors Academy
on Aug 02, 2012
"Jason, I think you raise a good question.  I firmly believe it is a multi-faceted approach that..."
Patrick Kanary
on Aug 02, 2012
"Hello all...I am Patrick Kanary at the Center for Innovative Practices at CWRU. My center helps..."
Elizabeth Anderson
on Aug 02, 2012
"Hello!  I am posting in response to Jason's question concerning the programs that exist for our..."
Open Doors Academy
on Aug 02, 2012
"Evelyn,    Your analysis of gaming and it's effect on our brain is insightful and well..."
Antwone Clemons
on Aug 01, 2012
"Hi my name Antwone Clemons, I'm 15 years old male, African American. I live in the Mt. Pleasnt..."
Michael Walker
on Aug 01, 2012
"Dr. Hatten comments are so important we must address in a universal manner an array of needs. We..."
Patrick Payne
on Aug 02, 2012 - 1:31 pm

My name is Patrick Payne, currently a senior at East Tech High School. Also an active youth advocate through the Umoja Youth program. There are programs out to help the kids.There is just not enough advertisement in the schools. So the kids are unaware of the opportunities out there. If we focus more on the positive in our cities instead of negative, we can set a greater example for our youth.

 

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Jason Russell
on Aug 02, 2012

Patrick as a youth advocate in the Umoja program, do you guess have any strategy for spreading the word within the schools? What has been the success rate?

 
Rachel Woods
on Aug 02, 2012

Hello, my name is Rachel Woods and I am a rising senior at The Whitney M. Young Gifted and Talented Leadership Academy. Agreeing with Patrick P., there are many programs that are sort of hidden if you are not a part of them yourself. It seems that programs are definitely around but how can others know about them if they are basically secluded from the ones who need them most. At the same time, the programs should not necessarily be shown off as if they are the best of the best because there is no competition when it comes to helping someone when they are in need, especially when it comes to the youth. Although many programs are school-based, many youth are not attending school so how will they know of any opportunities if they are not around to have a chance at them?

 
Adriennie Hatten, Ph.D
on Aug 03, 2012

When we at SOCF want to spread the word to students and parents we work with our community partners because this is where we have had the most success getting the word out.  Oftentimes parents are also connected in some way to their community and often times community partners have proven effective strategies to getting the word out.  Most importantly they usually have the relationships, which is the key to effective engagement. Word of mouth is still an effective tool when there are contact people, phone numbers, etc. available for people to follow up and get accurate information. 

 
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Patrick Kanary
on Aug 02, 2012 - 10:29 am

Hello all...I am Patrick Kanary at the Center for Innovative Practices at CWRU. My center helps promote the use of effective programs for youth and their families who have challenging behavioral health issues.  we work with community agencies to implement these programs and we participate in dialogues at the state, local and national level on the issues identified in this discussion.

 

I am so glad to 'hear' the voices of the young people participating in this forum...it is really gratifying to hear of your nvolvement and commitment to making our communities safe and healthy places to be.

One 'theme' that seems to be emerging from this discussion is the need for a '360' view.  i agree with Michael's comment about competion, it needs to be about complementing and coordinatng and collaborating...there are precious few resources to go around so we need to maximize those and that comes with ongoing dialogues and emerging shared visions of goals.

I have gained insight from the comments i am reading and again, i particularly thank the young people who are not only weighing in but also taking an active roles...thank you!

 

 
Antwone Clemons
on Aug 01, 2012 - 10:47 pm

Hi my name Antwone Clemons, I'm 15 years old male, African American. I live in the Mt. Pleasnt area and I work for the Patnership for a Safer Cleveland, I'm a change Agent Fellow, a Teen Advocate, a Community Builder, and a K-9 Police Officer in training with the CMHA Police Explorers Program. In my community we have alot of teen violence and gang related activity. I would like to help young people find other outlets and ways to express themselves in positive ways. I believe that all young people deserve a better neighborhood to grow up in with  positive adults surrounding them to help them to grow into respectable young adults.   

 

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Quincy Smith
on Aug 02, 2012

Hi , what type of programs would you like to implemnt to help the youth become young respectable adults?

 
Antwone Clemons
on Aug 02, 2012

I think the explorers program for one is good because it helps you see those in authority in different aspects.  Also something where parents and children could learn conflict resolutions together.

 
j  white
on Aug 02, 2012

hello my name is jwhite i am a senior at shaw high school and in the city i live in there is alot of teen violence because the adults are always expecting teens to be troubled kids so they tend not to help them??

 
Jason Russell
on Aug 02, 2012

J White, How can we change expectations of adults? It seems they have given up, but like so many people have said in this forum, there is a need for outlets. People in general don't turn to violence because its fun, but rather there are few other options. Violence appears on the surface to be the only way to satisfy our needs. As pointed out by AnnMarie of Open Doors Academy.

 
Nancy Reeves
on Aug 02, 2012

It isn't much help in the summer - but are there supportive teachers?  When I taught there (23 years ago), my perception was that there were many supportive teachers.  I taught computer programming most of the 11 yers I taught there.  My fellow programming teacher and I often stayed late.  Officially it was so students who needed extra time on the computers could have it, but unofficially it was a place kids could hang out before or after school that was safe.I know Shaw has changed a lot since I was there (the last report I had was 5-10 years ago), and it sounded pretty bleak.   I hope there are still small pockets where you can find some adults who hope for the best, rather than expect the worst.

 
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Randy Campbell
on Aug 01, 2012 - 10:25 pm

hi my name is randy and i am a youth and i think people should have these youth movements very often because this type of violence and saftey issues go on daily

 
Jason Russell
on Aug 01, 2012 - 10:19 am

There is an interesting theme emerging so far. It seems that a lot of the issues we are seeing at an older age are actually beginning at a much earlier age (elementary school). These acts seem isolated but as Dr. Hatten mentioned they could be emblematic of larger issues that could be occuring in the home.So my question to students, teachers and educational experts, what programs exist in our schools, particularly, elementary schools that can help identify and perhaps help calm behavioral patterns that have the potential to become violent outbursts in the future?

 

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Yailee Roman
on Aug 01, 2012

Hello my name is Yailee Roman 20yr old; I'm a 4 ½yr Mycom ulumni. I currently work at the Partnership for a Safer Cleveland as a Youth Facilitator and I must say it has been a life changing experience. I’ve always been surrounded by violence in my community and for so long I have told myself to JUST DEAL WITH IT. But now that I’m older and have had the opportunity to grow as human being and also see my loved one pass away due to gun violence, it kind of helped me figure out my purpose in life. Now check this out……Here I am Going to work every day helping young people gain knowledge about their community as well as help them understand the importance in becoming and young leader but then I go home and try to relax after a long day and I find myself going outside to a battle grounds where kids as young as 13 are running around with bats, gun, and metal object anxiously waiting for war, harassing anyone that comes there way. Now what exactly am I supposed to do when my sibling are caught in between?? No one really knows how many thoughts are running thru my mind at this exact second…YES I care about my community and YES I’m another individual yelling STOP THE VIOLENCE everyday but hey I also love my family and will not allow anyone to harm them. At this point I too am being put in another difficult situation……

 
Linda Springer
on Aug 01, 2012

Yailee, Thanks for joining this conversation and for working to find better ways to solve problems. It must seem overwhelming sometimes. What kinds of things do you do as a Youth Facilitator?

 
Michael Walker
on Aug 01, 2012

You are the change you want the world to be. Thank you for your efforts to enlighten others. Best

 
Adriennie Hatten, Ph.D
on Aug 01, 2012

I think we need to look at this from a strength based approach, as well.  Let's just not focus on kids who exhibit behavioral problems in elementary school because there are 'good' kids who are victims who do not act out in ways that interrupt teachers in the classroom. I think we need to focus on creating an environment where all children can feel comfortable to raise concerns with adults they come into contact with.  I also think mental health counseling is only a partial solution some youth also just need outlets like recreation to release stress and all youth need to be taught coping skills. Some youth hate programs so interventions need to be couched in everyday activities where youth do not feel singled out.  There our times when programs and pull outs are necessary but not always.  We should be sure to deliver our services and supports in a way that the youth find valuable and non-intrusive.

 
Michael Walker
on Aug 01, 2012

Dr. Hatten comments are so important we must address in a universal manner an array of needs. We must be comprehensive and collborative in our efforts. WE need mentors, counseling, coaching, jobs, vocational and academic opportunities for our youth. WE adults and young people need to identify our talents and then support those with other skills and talents in providing vaulable services to others. So often programs compete with each other about their approach as being best or better as stated earlier no one program, one person or one approach will meet the needs to address the root causes of violence in its many forms.

 
Open Doors Academy
on Aug 02, 2012

100% Agreed!  

 
Elizabeth Anderson
on Aug 02, 2012

Hello!  I am posting in response to Jason's question concerning the programs that exist for our schools.

About me...I am currently finishing my Ph.D. at Kent State University with a focus on teaching students with emotional and behavioral disorders.  My teaching experiences have primarily focused on working with these students as they exhibit aggressive, inappropriate, off-task, and disruptive behaviors, as well as antisocial and symptoms of depression in the classroom.

 

From what I have seen...elementary schools are struggling to determine the best approach to implement that would serve as an early deterrent to severe problematic behaviors.  There are many strategies that are used with students individually, but in terms of school-wide approaches, I have seen many schools turning to Positive Behavior Support (PBS).  PBS focuses primarily on prevention of inappropriate behavior and a school-wide culture of positive behavior (as it is implemented with all students).  This is one of the few school-wide programs that parents have told me that they like.  More info at:  www.pbis.org.

 

Does anyone know of schools that are succeeding with PBS or are using other school-wide behavior programs?

 
Jason Russell
on Aug 02, 2012

Elizabeth, thank you for providing a link for Positive Behavior Support. I think AnnMarie would be a good person to respond to your question about successful programs. Perhaps she can share some details of her work at Open Doors Academy in terms of positive support.

 
Quincy Smith
on Aug 02, 2012

Hello everyone ! My name is Quincy Smith I'm at senior at John Hay High School. I'm responding to the question that Jason asked . I feel that the problem is that there isn't any problems that are for the students to help them . Espeically within urban schools they don't have the resources to provdie a safe place for the students to go and get help. So the first step would be to gain resources for  students.

 
Jason Russell
on Aug 02, 2012

Quincy, what type of resources are you referring to? Also as Dr. Hatten and Michael Walker have elluded to, they don't have to all come from the school. In fact it should be a community effort with resources coming from a variety of sources. With that in mind, what resources would help?