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Adler School’s IPSSJ: Working with CeaseFire, Cook County and detained youth to educate and prevent future violence

Elena Quintana, Ph.D., Executive Director, the Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice at the Adler School

The Adler School’s Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice has announced a new partnership in cooperation with the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. IPSSJ Executive Director Dr. Elena Quintana has worked with the center to create the Youth Violence Prevention Program, working with 60 detained youth each week to address violence prevention.

Through the program, to be implemented at the Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative High School inside the detention center, CeaseFire representatives will meet with youth at the school to explore better opportunities in the future and the choice to take a positive, violence-free path. CeaseFire is a Chicago violence prevention program that works with at-risk youth, specifically those who are most likely to be involved in gun related violence. 

 The new program is composed of segments, each one designed to help the youth build life skills to work more positively toward their established goals. They will explore norms around violence, and ways to resolve conflicts within communities without violence, as well as alternatives to violence, goal creation, expectations of men and manhood, getting around obstacles once back in the community, anger management,  and brain development.

Read more about this important new programs in the summer issue of Intersections, the quarterly newsletter of news from the Adler School’s Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice and its Institute on Social Exclusion.