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Scott Charles        

Gun Violence Educator; Trauma Outreach Manager, Temple University Hospital

A native of California, Scott began his career there as an at-risk youth specialist for the State Department of Education. He assisted in the development of a statewide rites of passage program for young African American males and soon became a national spokesman for the use of service-learning in urban school settings.

Since returning to Philadelphia, where he had earned his undergraduate degree and Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, Charles’ work has been featured in numerous national and local media outlets, including NBC’s The Today Show, ABC’s World News Tonight, NPR’s Morning Edition and in the feature-length documentary Number One with a Bullet.

Charles was one of 10 Americans to receive the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leaders Award in 2008. He is also a past winner of the American Cities Foundation's Men Making a Difference Award, and the Lucien E. Blackwell Community Service Award.

Charles currently teaches about the realities of gun violence, offers bystander first aid training, and gives crime victim support.


Philadelphia man trying to save lives through free gun lock initiative
Scott Charles holds the title of trauma outreach manager at Temple University Hospital, and sadly several family traumas involving gun violence put him on the path to get there. "You only need to see a child who has been a victim of gun violence once to really understand how important this is," he said.
Program Fights Gun Violence Bravado With 'Story Of Suffering'
The two-hour program starts with Charles, the program's director and trauma outreach coordinator, telling participants Lamont's story. After that, Goldberg describes the surgeries she performed to try to save her patient. Goldberg and Charles join Fresh Air's Terry Gross to discuss how shooting victims sometimes reinforce the idea that getting shot is no big deal. Recent shooting victim Greg Cunningham also tells Gross about his experience and how it has changed his perspective on violence.

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