WALTHAM, MA | November 12, 2013
EDC will host a forum to discuss the problem of exploding violence in Latin America. The forum, “Seeking Solutions to Youth Violence in Latin America,” will take place Thursday, November 14 from 2 to 5 p.m. at EDC’s Waltham office. The event is cosponsored by the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
The impetus for the program is a recent study by the Citizen Council for Public Safety and Justice, which found that, in 2012, 42 of the 50 most violent cities in the world were located in Latin America and the Caribbean. The study also found that young people, who comprise half of the population in many of these cities, are overrepresented in crime statistics, including the vast majority of homicides.
“We plan to take a look at effective models and interventions from several sectors, with the knowledge that the issues demand a multidisciplinary approach,” said Gustavo Payan, a member of EDC’s Youth Development team who helped organize the forum.
The program will include discussion of the USAID-funded Proyecto METAS program, which has enrolled more than 30,000 at-risk young people in Honduras in alternative education, work-readiness, and life skills training programs. A youth participant in METAS will talk about living in high-risk communities in Tegucigalpa and finding an alternative to gangs and guns.
Forum panelists include:
Milthon Medina Giron, youth panelist
Enrique Betancourt, executive director, National Center for Crime Prevention and Citizen Participation, Mexico and Yale World Fellow 2013
Laura Roper, professor, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
Tim Cross, president, YouthBuild International
Ron Slaby, senior scientist, Education Development Center and Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School
Onsite attendance for the event is limited, but registrants may participate via Adobe Connect. For more information, contact Cecilia LaTorre at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-618-2448.
Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), is a global nonprofit organization that creates learning opportunities for people around the world, empowering them to pursue healthier, more productive lives. EDC manages 250 projects in 30 countries. Visit www.edc.org.