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NCJ Number: 164418 Find in a Library
Title: What Can We Do About Violence? Part 3
Editor(s): B Moyers; J D Moyers
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: Films for the Humanities, Inc
Princeton, NJ 08543
Sale Source: Films for the Humanities, Inc
Box 2053
Princeton, NJ 08543
United States of America
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After opening with a case study of a killing in an inner city, this video analyzes the causes of urban violence, particularly among the young, and then profiles community-based efforts to address the causes of violent behavior among inner- city youth.
Abstract: The case study is presented through descriptions and comments by members of the family of the victim and the family of the shooter. The killing arose from a conflict that escalated into the use of a gun as an expression of rage. The commentary notes that violence stems from a subculture that conditions youth to use violence as a means of relieving the frustration of low self-esteem, poverty, and the absence of a credible promise for the future. The remainder of the video describes the programs that have helped many youth find a nonviolent, positive direction of their behavior and their lives. A church-related program helps black youth understand how the Bible's stories and messages relate to their experiences and provide constructive guidance for those who live in the inner city. The program is helping youth rethink their values and the direction of their lives. Other programs are designed to help youth build their self-esteem through positive achievements in community service. One youth describes the values of her experiences in working with senior citizens, and two youths describe their work as volunteers in a hospital. Another area of concern for inner-city youth is employment opportunities. The Cleveland Beat the Streets Program, a job preparation and training program, is described through interviews with instructors and youth participants. The program teaches the behavioral disciplines necessary for a job, provides instruction in job skills and knowledge, and helps youth find jobs. Counseling continues as youth cope with various problems in their jobs.
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Community crime prevention programs; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs; Urban area studies; Urban criminality; Violence causes; Violence prevention; Youth community involvement
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