Violence Prevention Initiative Events
MCW-VPI and Community Partners Host Summit to Engage Milwaukee Teens in Brainstorming to Reduce Gun Violence - Coming Together November 14th, 2013
275 youth and community leaders from across Milwaukee convened at "Coming Together" to launch a community-driven effort to address gun violence. The daylong summit was organized by MCW's Violence Prevention Initiative, in collaboration with Community Advocates' Milwaukee Brighter Futures Initiative, the City of Milwaukee - Health Department's Office of Violence Prevention, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's Project Ujima and UWM's Center for Urban Initiatives and Research.
"Coming Together" organizers, led by UWM's CUIR and MCW's VPI, conducted a pre-summit pilot survey of 168 youth participants from nine community organizations to better understand youths' perceptions and experiences related to guns and gun violence. Preliminary findings were shared during the summit and used to catalyze discussion throughout the day. Afternoon sessions also included a youth focused strategic brainstorming session targeting root causes of gun violence and an adult focused presentation on the impact of trauma.
1st Annual Chain of Dreams Intergenerational Symposium - November 19th, 2013
The Milwaukee County Department of Aging in partnership with the MCW Violence Prevention Initiative presented the "Chain of Dreams" Intergenerational Symposium. The symposium provided an opportunity to explore and address the breakdown of communication and lack of trust amongst youth and older adults.
The Symposium hosted over 300 participants with a representation of seniors and youth from various schools and community organizations that serve both populations.
Symposium attendees participated in several breakout sessions that served as a foundation for creating a dialogue amongst the generations such as What It Means to Be You and Me Appropriately, and Connecting the Digital Divide.
Ann Bria, MCW-VPI and Paul Dedinsky, JD, PhD. Assistant District Attorney, Milwaukee County, explored and presented different generational traits, values, and influences that shape the behavior of older adults and youth.
Participants learned techniques and approaches to resolve generational conflict, embrace generational values, and build positive, long lasting relationships amongst generations through a fun interactive session.
The lunchtime entertainment of Sophia's Chorus & Dance Troupe and the Milwaukee County Golden Idols brought down the house with their talent and energy along with other featured performers from the community!
Milwaukee Public Schools Restorative Justice Coordinator and Milwaukee County DA Paul Dedinsky J.D., PhD facilitated the Symposium attendees in the Restorative Peacemaking circle philosophy and practice.
Adrian D. Thomas, Senior Program Manager of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee closed the Symposium unifying the generations in using the latest technology to complete the Symposium evaluation, and the closing comments of Adrian reminded all of wisdom learned from the older generation that helps sustain and foster change for the younger generations.
Adrian shared life lessons learned from his Grandmother in which he applies in his efforts in serving the community, reminding us all of our responsibility to continue to pass along the values of kindness and compassion in the community.