GunCrisis Solution of the Day: Ask the young people who live with violence

Columbia Links at Columbia College Chicago recruits at-risk students, many from Chicago Public Schools, and teaches them how to “find their voices and impart change through journalism workshops.”

This summer’s session resulted in a collection of essays called “Don’t Shoot: I Want To Grow Up,” through which students explored the violence to which they have been exposed, and how it impacts their worldview. They also suggested solutions, for instance:

“If teenagers are kept busy, and not sitting idle, it would lead to less crime,” Matthew Wettig, a junoir at Lane Technical High School, wrote in his essay “More Police = Less Violence.” “Programs for teens would effectively lead to lower crime rates.”

Read: Don’t Shoot: I Want To Grow Up


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