Youth Safety and Violence Prevention–YSVP in the News

March 13, 2016

Urban Warriors: Stemming the tide of street violence
YSVP Executive Director Eddie Bocanegra, U.S. Navy veteran Jamal McPherson, and YMCA youth Jaime, Miguel and Noah were interviewed by CBS News Correspondent Michelle Miller for CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.

March 4, 2016

"Urban Warriors" saves youth from violence in Chicago
Carmen Vargas from Telemundo interviewed Eddie Bocanegra, Angel Herrera and youth Miguel and Daniel about their experiences with Y’s Urban Warriors program.

March 4, 2016

Chicago's Very Own: YMCA outreach worker Mike Almore (WGN-TV)
Mike Almore, YMCA outreach worker, shares what changed his perception of living the gang lifestyle to mentoring youth and preventing youth violence. WGN TV recognizes Mike as "Chicago's Very Own" in this report.


February 26, 2016

Fred Grimm: Miami-Dade child killed when virtual lives of gangbangers collided with reality
Social media has become integral in youth gang recruiting, drug sales, gun sales and boasts about illegal exploits according to Eddie Bocanegra, executive director of the YMCA’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention programs.


February 12, 2016

Parents try to figure out the baffling world of emojis
Emojis are everywhere and there is a huge range of pictures and symbols all over texts and social media. Some teenagers even use them as a kind of hidden language. ABC7 News found out why experts say parents need to pay attention.


February 02, 2016

Vocalo’s The Barber Shop Show talks with the Y’s Story Squad about community violence
Story Squad participants Brian, Daniel, Jaime and Kevon joined WBEZ's Richard Steele on The Barber Shop Show to share their personal audio stories and how self-expression helps them to reconnect with their families and strengthen their communities.


January 29, 2016

Chicago Bulls and BMO Harris Bank support YMCA’s Urban Warriors program
The Chicago Bulls and BMO Harris Bank have teamed up to support the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago’s Urban Warriors program. The partnership provides Urban Warriors participants the opportunity to share special experiences together, create memories and strengthen the bond between the youth and veterans.


January 25, 2016

NPR’s All Things Considered draws national attention to Urban Warriors
Audie Cornish, host of All Things Considered, visited the Kelly Hall YMCA to share how military veterans and Y outreach workers are building stable communities for young people in Chicago’s most underserved neighborhoods through Urban Warriors.


July 14, 2015

8 Frantic Hours in Chicago on Fourth of July
A Tribune reporting team fanned out across the city over the July Fourth weekend and then conducted interviews to chronicle violence over the summer holiday in Chicago.



Veterans in ‘Urban Warriors’ seek to help youth
The Chicago Sun-Times spoke with Jorge Maya, a former Army veteran, about the YMCA's Urban Warriors mentoring program.


July 14, 2014

YMCA of Metro Chicago’s Urban Warriors Program featured in Chicago Tribune
YMCA program is aimed at helping at-risk youths deal with trauma from violent neighborhoods