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1 Presented by Justin Rucker, SUMR Scholar 2009 Mentor: Dr. Therese Richmond, PhD, CRNP, FAAN

2  Established in 2006  The goal is to prevent violence and aggression in the lives of young people in West and Southwest Philadelphia.

3  Interviewed 18 young people from West and Southwest Philadelphia ◦ From ages 10 to 16  Questions were about: ◦ Neighborhood Safety ◦ Violence Exposure ◦ Family and Friends ◦ Neighborhood Role Models

4  My job was to get this information out into the community ◦ Specifically, by relating quotes from interviews with the 55 tips for violence prevention from the Safe Neighborhoods, Safe Lives study

5 Being hurt can lead to later violence: Speak up to everyone who comes in contact with youth who have been hurt. Work with friends, law enforcement, health care workers, schools, employers, and court systems to help young people recover emotionally as well as physically. Importance: “Hurt people, hurt other people.” Certain youth who are victims of violence are likely to respond with retaliation. This act of recidivism, in which a person repeats an undesirable behavior after they have experienced negative consequences of that behavior, has had a harmful impact on youth re-injury. It is necessary for those in contact with the victim to understand this and make every effort to aid their recovery. How it helps: Understanding the dynamic between being injured as a result of violence and the propensity of repeat violence is very important. Studies have shown that the probability for youth that are hurt through violence to be involved with future violence increases exponentially with each instance of violence perpetrated against them. Taking steps to reach out and lend support to these youth can put them on the path to healing and help prevent future injury. References: Becker, M., et al. (2004). Caught in the Crossfire: The Effects of a Peer-Based Intervention Program for Violently Injured Youth. Journal of Adolescent Health. 34: Cooper, C., et al. (2000). Repeat victims of violence: report of a large concurrent case-control study. Archives of Surgery. 135(7): Kellerman, A., et al. (1998). Preventing Youth Violence: What Works? Annu. Rev. Public Health. 19:

6  The right method of dissemination is critical to helping the violence problem.  The success of this project might mean a decrease in violence in West and Southwest Philadelphia.

7  The goal of this project is to find the best ways to effectively disseminate violence prevention information into West and Southwest Philadelphia neighborhoods

8 First, I went through the transcripts of the interview to look for interesting quotes: JI: I don’t know why my brother got shot, but my friend just got shot like last week because his ex-girlfriend told her uncle that he was talking about her. And her uncle came over and shot him in the back of the leg. And I’m like, wow. TM: So, like how did that make you feel, what were you thinking? JI: I was mad, I was thinking about going up there and we was going to fight the uncle. TM: But he has a gun. JI: So does my friend’s family, but. TM: So you weren’t really gonna fight him, you were gonna try and do what? JI: I don’t know, but I was mad at that time, so.

9 Next, I matched the quotes from the interviews with the PCVPC’s 55 tips: Being hurt can lead to later violence: JI: I don’t know why my brother got shot, but my friend just got shot like last week because his ex-girlfriend told her uncle that he was talking about her. And her uncle came over and shot him in the back of the leg. And I’m like, wow. TM: So, like how did that make you feel, what were you thinking? JI: I was mad, I was thinking about going up there and we was going to fight the uncle. TM: But he has a gun. JI: So does my friend’s family, but. TM: So you weren’t really gonna fight him, you were gonna try and do what? JI: I don’t know, but I was mad at that time, so.

10 After that I summarized the quotes from the transcripts into continuous stories: Being hurt can lead to later violence : My friend just got shot like last week because his ex-girlfriend told her uncle that he was talking about her. And her uncle came over and shot him in the back of the leg. And I’m like, wow. I was mad, I was thinking about going up there and we was going to fight the uncle. He has a gun, but so does my friend’s family. I don’t know what I was gonna do, but I was mad at that time.

11 My next step was to turn the stories into comic dialogue Scene : (A boy sit in a chair in a hospital room, while his friend lays in a bed) Boy: I can't believe her Uncle shot you. Friend: Yeah, I know. I was just messin with her. I didn't know it was that serious but... Boy: I'm glad you're alright though. But how are you feeling? Friend: What you mean? Boy: I mean like you want to get him back right? I want to go fight him. Friend: But he has a gun... Boy: Your family has a gun too... Friend: I'm not really with that man. I'm not trying to shoot anybody, and if we shoot him he's just going to come back at us. Boy: Yeah I guess. I didn't really think about that. Friend: Then it's just going to get more serious. Anyway shooting him is not going to me any better. Boy: Yeah you're right. I guess I need to find a better way of dealing with this situation.

12  We hope to find an artist and actually turn these scripts into comics  We want the comics to go into newspapers like the Southwest Globe Times  Hopefully people in West and Southwest Philadelphia see these comics and learn and use the tips they present

13  Research isn’t important if people don’t know about it. ◦ Tailor information to the community you serve.  Work with people who live/work in the community that you are trying to serve ◦ Along with the information, you have to accessible to the people.

14  I want to thank:  Joanne  My mentor Dr. Terry Richmond  Shanta  Terry Guerra at Acheivability  And my fellow SUMR scholars  Thanks for listening

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