Albert Death Sparks ABA Town Hall on Teen Violence
Teen violence is a growing problem, and the recent beating death of high school student Derrion Albert in Chicago has caused many to sound the alarm. The American Bar Association, in conjunction with Chicago State University, is hosting the first of several town hall meetings to discuss the problem and explore solutions. Stop the Violence—Time to Deliver, will kick-off on Friday, Nov. 20.
Diane Latiker, founding president of Kids Off the Block and a guest panelist of the town hall meeting, has been active in Chicago’s Roseland community, helping at-risk low-income youth find alternatives to gangs, drugs and violence. Although she’s been advocate on the local level for nearly 10 years, she says she is excited about the ABA’s role as a national organization in curbing teen violence.
When asked what everyday citizens can do to help keep teens out of trouble, Latiker suggests talking with teens “on their level,” mentoring and initiating other actions to encourage them to take the right path. She hopes that organizations other than her own, not only in Chicago, but throughout the nation, will take notice of the solutions and resources that will come from the ABA Town Hall on Teen Violence.
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