Scott Charles unpacks gun violence and reaching at-risk youth

Scott Charles unpacks gun violence and reaching at-risk youth

"We've abandoned kids to these concrete islands, and they're writing their own social codes without the help of the knowledge and wisdom that existed before them. It's no wonder they're making terrible mistakes."

"We've abandoned kids to these concrete islands, and they're writing their own social codes without the help of the knowledge and wisdom that existed before them. It's no wonder they're making terrible mistakes."

Scott Charles is the co-creator and director of an award-winning program at Philadelphia's Temple University Hospital called Cradle To Grave.

It's an innovative violence prevention initiative that gives students and adjudicated young people a concrete look at the harsh realities of gun violence.

He's the perfect person for this work as Temple's Trauma Outreach Coordinator: Scott has lost close friends and even family to gun violence and is passionate about impacting at-risk people of all walks of life. 

In this powerful episode, Scott shares his story of growing up in Sacramento and discusses how mass incarceration and lax gun laws perpetuate violence—despite the citywide and national drop in gun violence.


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