How Can We Slow Down Youth Gun Violence?


How Can We Slow Down Youth Gun Violence?

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This podcast episode was produced by The Conversation.


It was 15 years ago: police officers flooded C. W. Jefferys Collegiate in northwest Toronto. Outside, hundreds of anxious parents stood waiting for answers. The news that police delivered — as we now know — was tragic. Fifteen-year-old Jordan Manners had been killed. It was the first time anyone had been fatally shot inside a Toronto school. Jordan’s death stunned his community and the nation. And for many, it punctured the illusion of safety in Canadian schools.

Since then, we’ve seen a slew of reports and funds directed at anti-violence projects in Toronto. But youth violence in Canada’s largest city hasn’t let up. In fact, it’s getting worse. Why is gun violence increasing? And can we slow it down?

Devon Jones has spent the past 15 years tackling these very questions. He is a teacher and well-recognized youth worker in the Jane and Finch community — where Jordan Manners was killed. It has been described as Toronto’s most dangerous area to be a kid. Jones has seen many students who have lost their lives to violence over the years, including Manners. But he has also saved many lives through programs offered by YAAACE — an organization he founded in 2007 that focuses on basketball and academics. He’s a busy man, who had just rushed from dealing with a youth emergency before talking to us from school.

One of the former volunteers of Jones’s organization is Ardavan Eizadirad. Eizadirad is now the executive director of YAAACE. He is also an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University who has written about the root causes of gun violence.

On this episode of the podcast Don’t Call Me Resilient, host and producer Vinita Srivastava speaks to Jones and Eizadirad about the rising rates of gun violence in Canada and the role community organizations play in the solution.

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Srivastava, V. (Host & Producer). (2022, December 7). How Can We Slow Down Youth Gun Violence? [Audio podcast episode]. In Don’t Call Me Resilient. The Conversation. https://dont-call-me-resilient.simplecast.com/

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