(Closed) Really REALLY NWR- need help with gun violence… that doesn’t sound good

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Post # 5
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Sugar bee

A friend of mine made a documentary about public speaking programs in the prisons:

http://speakeasythemovie.com/editing/prison-toastmasters-is-now-perfect/

What I found most interesting is that when felons learn to communicate, they are much less likely to commit crimes again.  One guy says it’s b/c he can articulate what’s bothering him rather than just stab or shoot someone.

Toastmasters has something called Table Topics where people can discuss issues:

http://toastmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Table_Topics

It’s a tremendous way to teach people to speak and organize their thoughts… I bet if you picked the right topic, the kids would LOVE it!

 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Go to Victims (on the left), then The Crime Event, then Weapon Use. There are charts, summaries and data for presence of violent crimes by weapon type, firearms involved in nonfatal crimes, nonfatal firearm crime rates, gun crimes reported to the police, etc. I have to search this website a lot for school.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

Here are crime stats for NYC, by borough and neighborhood (updated weekly using NYPD data):

http://nyc.everyblock.com/crime/

You could even pull up the stats for the specific school address you’re visiting… there’s an address field on the left side of the page.  Kids love that kinda stuff!  

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I don’t have specific resources, but you could talk about role models with the kids, especially male role models in the community or in the school. Kids are so susceptible to what’s around them; you’ve got to get them looking in the right direction to inspire a different course of behavior than the norm. Good luck with your presentation.

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

i don’t know about local stats, but in terms of teaching materials, i was involved with this organization during college– http://communityimpactatcu.org/programs/youth-programs/peace-by-peace — it’s been several years so i don’t know what the program is like anymore, but we taught weekly classes in nyc 5th grade classes about conflict resolution that the kids seemed to be really receptive to as the year went on. they may be able to share parts of their curriculum?

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