A recent article from WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio sheds light on violence and hope in the Amani neighborhood. An excerpt from the article about COA is below:
“The threat of violence is always present, according to Quintrell Boyles. “It’s affecting everybody tremendously. I mean, for some of us, it’s right on our front doorsteps. For others, it’s a block away,” he says.
Boyles works at the Goldin Center as its youth development program manager.
“I can definitely see the more influx of young people just trying to find a safe place. Even adults for that matter, making sure that their children are here. We get phone calls from parents all the time, checking to make sure their kids made it here safely from school,” Boyles says.
“I’ve been here nine — going on 10 — years, and this building I can honestly say is my second family,” says Denzel Sloan, a teen who’s found a sense of security at the Goldin Center. “There are people we can talk to if you’re afraid of whatever your reason may be, or if you need to sit down and just enjoy something, this building is the place to be. You pretty much don’t have to worry about anything outside these doors. And then once you’re outside these doors, it’s just a quick, safe shot home.”‘
To read the full article, click here.