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File #: 200192    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: IN COMMITTEE
File created: 2/27/2020 In control: Committee on Children and Youth
On agenda: Final action: 2/27/2020
Title: Authorizing the Committee on Children and Youth to conduct hearings regarding the City's investment in expanding developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed, and evidence-based programming for youth experiencing violence and gun violence in their communities.
Sponsors: Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Thomas
Attachments: 1. Signature20019200
Title
Authorizing the Committee on Children and Youth to conduct hearings regarding the City's investment in expanding developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed, and evidence-based programming for youth experiencing violence and gun violence in their communities.
Body
WHEREAS, Violence and guns have a far-reaching and significant impact on the safety, mental and physical health, and life outcomes of young people and further impact whole communities; and
WHEREAS, Bearing witness to, or being victimized by, violence negatively impacts every aspect of youth health as well as academic achievement; and
WHEREAS, Youth who are exposed to violence have an increased likelihood of mental health challenges ranging from post-traumatic stress and anxiety, to depression and antisocial behavior, to physical challenges including increased inflammatory reactions, mortality, and advanced aging; and
WHEREAS, The City of Philadelphia sees an unacceptable number of violent crimes, shootings, and homicides each year, with children far too often the victims of this violence. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, 115 children under the age of 18 were injured or killed by gun violence in the City in 2019. That includes 17 children aged 12 and younger, the highest number for that age group in the past five years. Just one month into 2020, already 10 children under 18 were victims of gun violence; and
WHEREAS, Philadelphia children are also the subject of other forms of violence that bears a profound impact. A 2013 survey of Philadelphia adults found that 40 percent witnessed some form of violence as a child. More than 37 percent reported at least four Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) growing up, which includes different kinds of physical, emotional and sexual abuse; and
WHEREAS, Violence is frequently a symptom of broader inequality and racism. Too often, young people feel unsupported and alone as they navigate significant life challenges, including those rooted in discriminat...

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