Violence Intervention Program Gives Man Hope

In this 10-minute video, viewers are introduced to Baltimore City resident Dwight Bolden, a participant in the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center’s Violence Intervention Program (VIP). The program, which was developed by Dr. Carnell Cooper in 1998, focuses on ending the cycle of violence that doctors and nurses in the Shock Trauma Center witness everyday.

Throughout the interview, Bolden discusses how he became involved in the VIP, including his first impressions of the program, how he grew to rely on the support and motivation he received from others in the group and how the program helped him turn his life around for the better. Thanks to the positive reinforcement Bolden received from the VIP, he is now on the road to continuing his education and looking forward to a brighter future with his family.