Understanding Youth Violence Using African American Traditions
As urban communities continue to respond to economic and social challenges, nonprofits work to have a positive impact on the central city. Milwaukee, like many cities, has tried many approaches and continues to search for the right strategies. Often, however, the key role that nonprofits of color, especially small organizations, can play in community building is often overlooked, underestimated and underutilized. As resources decrease, the need for diverse organizations to work effectively together is critical.
Use a community-based participatory research process to assess the views of Milwaukee African American youth and adults regarding youth violence with a longer term goal of identifying the attributes of African American community organizations that can help Milwaukee decrease youth violence.
Qualitative interviews with African American youth and adults
Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management
Conclusions from the Interviews
Dunbar, E., Bergstrom, J. (2008). Building effective community partnerships to address youth violence using African American Traditions. 2008 Public Health Partners Conference. Madison, WI (July 23).
Cisler, R.A., Bergstrom, J., Dunbar, E. & Blanks, D. (2007). Building effective community partnerships using African American traditions: Understanding youth violence. Nonprofit Research Colloquium: Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI (February 7).
Social Development Commission
Greater Galilee Missionary Baptist Church
New Horizon and the African American Alliance
for Children and Families
Mothers against Gun Violence