Youth Violence: Can It Be Prevented?

Memphis, TN – Youth violence is a serious social problem in our society today. In 2005, Memphis ranked #13 as one of the most dangerous cities in America. And when we open the paper or turn on the television news, we see a lot of violence being perpetuateed by the youth.

Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Associate Dean and Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health describes the trends she sees in youth violence as waves.

She has redefined youth violence as a public health issue in order to find ways to prevent it.

She points to the illegal activity of dueling to offer hope and to prove that cultural norms can be changed.

Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith will be joined by panelists visiting associate professor Leon D. Caldwell, President and CEO of the Memphis Shelby County Crime Commission Michael J. Heidingfield, and Director of Memphis and Shelby County Health Department Yvonne Madlock tonight at 7:00 P.M. at the Fogelman Execuvtive Center, Unversity of Memphis.

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