Young Black Men Leading the Way in Tackling Philadelphia’s Gun Violence Crisis

Screenshot: Philadelphia Police Department; Chart: Axios

A new study from anti-gun violence nonprofit ManUpPHL offers solutions to the city’s gun violence crisis from those most at risk of becoming victims or perpetrators of that violence — young Black men.

Why it matters: Their experiences around gun violence and the behaviors that drive the city’s gun culture are absent from most research, said ManUpPHL board chairperson Brian Ellis.

  • The findings are based on hours of conversations with nine young Black men aged 19-35 living in communities plagued by gunfire.
  • “We all try to come up with solutions, but no one’s ever asked them what could be done,” said Ellis, an expert in global leadership and a qualitative researcher.

The recommendations:

  1. Develop a program with community groups for incarcerated individuals to serve as mentors to other inmates who will be at risk of violence when they leave prison or jail.
  2. Create 300 jobs for at-risk individuals.
  3. Establish a new educational experience for middle and high school students at risk of gun violence.
  4. Set up mental health substations in communities affected by violence.
  5. Train individuals to connect those engaged in gun violence with resources and alternatives.

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SOURCE: Axios, Mike D’Onofrio

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