In December, 2014, The Baltimore Sun published a three-part series, "Collateral Damage," about the often unseen, yet devastating consequences of violence on the city's children, caregivers and families. As a follow-up, The Sun partnered with Promise Heights - a University of Maryland School of Social Work community initiative - to get some of these residents to tell their own stories.
We interviewed children and parents in West Baltimore's Upton/Druid Heights neighborhood. The Sun also loaned cameras to four high school students, whose footage is included in this video. We wanted to hear their perspectives on the community's problems - and possible solutions.
Wednesday night, community groups held a forum on youth violence prevention at Bethel AME Church, where the video was shown, and students discussed ways forward for the neighborhood.