The Young Warriors Violence Prevention Program Essay

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In particular, inner-city(e.g., low-income urban) African-American male adolescents have been identified as a high-risk segment of youth due to their disproportionately high rates of exposure to (and often participation in) violent situations (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,2001; Hammond and Yung, 1993; Rich, 2001)" (Abdul-Ali). Elijah Anderson states, that "the 'code of the street' in poor, inner-city African-American communities places all young African-American men under much pressure to respond to certain situations-show of disrepect-with violence" (Anderson. 1994). The Young Warriors Violence Prevention program is consistent with Anderson's research because the program targets those that Anderson identified that were the …show more content…
Consequently, these violence prevention programs may benefit by expanding violence prevention efforts beyond solely personal behaviors to include the surrounding structural and institutional dimensions of violence that impact inner-city African-American communities (Okwumabua et al, 1999;Whaley, 2003). This broader violence prevention focus enables culturally-appropriate avenues for addressing the acute social, political, and economic conditions as well as the individual behaviors that have historically contributed to violence among inner-city African-American male adolescents. Role of Modern Rap Music in Building Critical Consciousness Modern Rap music is an appealing potential resource for cultivating critical consciousness and developing culturally-sensitive violence prevention for inner-city African-American youth. Modern Rap music (also called “Hip-Hop”) is the most popular form of music played on the radio aswell as purchased from the Internet by all contemporary youth, especially among African-Americans (Barnes, 2003; Nielsen//NetRatings, 2003). Moreover, Rap music and its related media and culture are derived from and deeply rooted in the ethos of inner-city African-American youth (George, 1999; Vibe Magazine,

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