Suicide and homicide are the second and third leading causes of death...
Suicide and homicide are the second and third leading causes of death, respectively, among teens ages 15 to 19, after unintentional injury. In 2013, firearms were the instrument of death in 87 percent of teen homicides
10 - 13 year old males witnessing violence
More serious types of victimization, including assault with a weapon, sexual harassment, and kidnapping, were more common among 10- to 13-year-olds. This group was also the most likely to witness violence in the home, including domestic violence involving their parents, and assaults by other family members
14 - 17 year old males....more violent?
Fourteen- to 17-year-olds were most likely to experience the most serious forms of violence. Among these youth the most common types of exposure were assaults with injury, gang violence, sexual assaults, physical and emotional abuse, and witnessing violence in the community
Homicide is the leading cause of death...
Among 10 to 24 year-olds, homicide is the leading cause of death for African Americans; the second leading cause of death for Hispanics; and the third leading cause of death American Indians and Alaska Natives
Gun Violence in Teens- Did you know?
Scared Stiff Poem
Holding the community hostage
And putting them through it
Who killed my homie?
Tell me why they’d do it
Said it wasn’t his turf
He didn’t belong
Shot him down in the street
Now you know that was wrong…
Why did this have to happen? Why are children killing children?
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Powerful message from Anthony Forte
Anthony Forte was one of the first coaches for the Midnight Basketball League Program for youth.
What is the Scared Stiff Program About?
To provide alternatives for ‘at risk’ teens and young adults to the pervasive violence that has engulfed the inner city community.
To form a collaborative comprised of the religious community, business community, governmental agencies, education community, citizens and parents to support and guide teens and young adults to discover viable solutions that will reverse the escalation of violence.
- Investigate causes for the proliferation of violence and find solutions to curtail gun violence
- Provide opportunities to realize how gun violence impacts the entire community
- Formulate a team of professionals and community members to interface with teens and young adults to implement change
- Create avenues that promote positive social goals, self-esteem and life skills
- Dispel myths and misinformation regarding the glamorization of violence
- Exposure to diverse cultural, social and industry activities
Increase program participant’s knowledge, appreciation and understanding of their rich history, culture and heritage.
Workshops – focusing on life skills, health education, mental health concerns, employment and social services.
Panel discussions, presentations and videos addressing the negative effects of violence and available alternatives.
Relationships with schools, community centers, Juvenile Detention Centers, Recreation Centers and other Social Service Agencies.
The ‘Scared Stiff’ Program is an outreach of The Association of Midnight Basketball League Programs.
Important message by The Winans
“Pray”, by Tom Chappell
“Pray” is the new official video from Tom Chappell (akaTN’T) directed by Joseph H. James Jr. “Pray” is taken from the album Don’t Let Go
SCARED STIFF HAS PUT TOGETHER A TEAM OF PROFESSIONALS AND COMMUNITY PEOPLE TO LET IT BE KNOWN THAT
“THEY ARE TIRED OF GUN VIOLENCE IN OUR CITIES and COMMUNITIES.”
THIS PUBLIC FORUM IS DESIGNED TO SHOW THE DEVASTATION THAT HAPPENS WHEN SOMEONE IN THE COMMUNITY DIES FROM GUN SHOT WOUNDS.
In The News
See the headlines in what is going on the communities, families and teens the a program like Scared Stiff matters.
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Resources for Victims of Crime
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