“We identified violence as being something broader than just gun violence,” Daniel said. “We looked at it from the angle of ‘what is the source?’ From our youth coming from domestic violence situations, to being in violent neighborhoods, to seeing violence on the news and on tv.”
Participants who discussed this topic also discussed how children oftentimes are unable to process the violence they witness or experience, the lack of conflict resolution skills children have, and negative stereotypes associated with certain Chicago communities.
“We put in a recommendation that we need more opportunities for the youth to be educated, to make them understand what makes them tick and what their strengths are,” Daniel said. “And create activities and programs that really play into what their talents are.”
Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s On the Table initiative. It was truly amazing to see coworkers sharing their concern, enthusiasm, and passion for these issues in a collaborative effort to create change. We are excited to share the ideas and plans that were formed during these discussions with our new mayor.