Violence Prevention Forums for Youth.
Childhood Injury Prevention Center (CIPC) of the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical CenterAnnual youth forums are held for middle school and high school youth in Wilmington and Carson. Topics include dating violence, inter- and intra-ethnic violence, and bullying.
On November 12, 2003 the Childhood Injury Prevention Center held the 5th Annual Youth Forum on Violence Prevention for 110 teenagers from Banning High School in Wilmington. This year's topic was "Teenagers and Healthy Relationships" and focused on showing teenagers the warning signs of dating violence and providing resources for avoiding or escaping these types of situations. The teenagers rotated through three different workshops providing this information in different formats. Supporters of the forum included Kaiser Permanente, Harbor City, the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles, and Trader Joe's.
The event received very positive feedback. Some of the students' comments includes: - "The panel was my favorite, because it made me realized I have experienced violence without knowing." - "The part I found most valuable was when the four ladies talked about different hotlines we can get help at." - "When I saw the play it made me think more about my life with my boyfriend." - "The play was interesting. The true stories made me realize that those things really do happen to people." - The part I found most valuable was, "the cards with the numbers, so if anything happens to anyone in the future they can have somewhere to turn to and talk about their problems."
On October 18th, 2002 the Childhood Injury Prevention Center held the 4th Annual Youth Forum on Violence Prevention. That year’s event was held at the Banning’s Landing Community Center and was host to 80 eighth-grade students from Wilmington Middle School. Over the past ten years schools have seen sharp increases in school violence, leaving many students feeling very vulnerable. That day of dialogue was designed to get students to discuss alternatives to the violence they see daily. The topic that year was “The Role of the Bystander.” Students discussed the impact the bystander has on both the bully and victim when violence breaks out in school. Researchers have been investigating the influence the bystander has when witnessing school violence and believe that students can actually intervene to stop the violence with no risk to their own personal harm. In the morning students watched the play “Nightmare on Puberty Street” performed by a group from Kaiser Permanente. Students then broke into groups with one teen and adult facilitator to discuss the bystander’s role. Local community based organizations participated in planning this event and volunteered their time to serve as facilitators for the day.