SU Hosts Gang Prevention Training

Violence-related experts and former gang members to speak
By Laura Paskin

Seattle University is teaming up with the City of Seattle and King County Gang Prevention & Outreach Work group to host a free daylong workshop on prevention techniques for youth who are at-risk for gang involvement. 

Author and Loyola University Professor John Garbarino will be the keynote speaker at this Friday’s training event. Dr. Garbarino is known throughout the country for his work with prevention and resilience strategies for violent and abused youth.  He is an expert in violence-related issues – war, child maltreatment, childhood aggression, and juvenile delinquency.   

He has consulted with organizations including: the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, the National Institute for Mental Health, the American Medical Association, the National Black Child Development Institute, the National Science Foundation and Neglect and the FBI. 

Also on the program is a panel of local youth and community members who have initiated innovative and evidence-based prevention strategies and former gang members, including rapper Sista Hailstorm. She and others, who have turned their lives around will share their stories of strife and survival.

The training is designed for counselors, social service providers, educators and students working with or interested in youth at risk for gang involvement and their families.  


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