WNUV looks at trends for cities in crisis

January 21, 1993|By Steve McKerrow | Steve McKerrow,Staff Writer

Some Baltimore approaches to universal urban problems have become models for other cities, according to a pair of public service programs airing tonight on WNUV (Channel 54).

"54 Checkpoint," the independent station's quarterly series to be broadcast at 10 p.m., examines the local side of the national crisis of neglected, abused and criminally involved children and teens.

Host Karen Frances presents programs such as the ACT (Adolescents Coping Together) class at John Eager Howard Elementary School; Parents Anonymous; the Hollywood Diner program for young offenders; the Campaign for Our Children, which preaches against teen pregnancy; and a local, anti-gun violence rap video, "Crossfire."

As an example of innovative approaches gaining attention elsewhere, Ms. Frances notes that the 6-year-old Campaign for Our Children, which funds broadcast ads and billboards counseling against teen sex, has been copied in 36 other states and in Canada.

In the latest edition of the monthly "The Mayor's Show," at 10:30 p.m., some of the city's responses to homelessness are reviewed by Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke.

He notes model programs including the Mass Transit Administration's nightly bus transportation to shelters and the Homeless Outreach Team, which sends counselors into the streets to find people in need.

But the mayor also points out that more assistance is needed from the federal government, and predicts that the new Democratic administration in Washington will be more accommodating than the Republicans have been.

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