Trauma Outreach

Trauma Outreach

The Cradle 2 Grave Program

Faced with a sudden 40% increase in adolescent gun trauma, the Section of Trauma & Surgical Critical Care at Temple University Hospital launched the Cradle 2 Grave program in 2006 to teach young people about the significant and far-reaching consequences of violence.

One of the few hospital-based violence-prevention programs in the country, this riveting program brings at-risk youth directly into Temple University Hospital. Over the course of two hours, they are guided through the real-life circumstances that led to the violent death of 16-year-old Lamont Adams. Using Lamont's medical record as a map, while standing in the very room in which he was treated, students learn the details of Lamont's multiple gunshot wounds and the trauma team's efforts to save his life.

Through this unvarnished, up-close experience, participants of the Cradle 2 Grave program gain a keen awareness of the aftermath of a violent act. By reflecting on Lamont's life — from his birth to his childhood to his tragic death — participants are reminded of the value that their own lives hold…for their friends, their family and their community.

Since its beginning in 2006, over 5,000 young Philadelphians have gone through Cradle 2 Grave. For more information on this important program, including information on how participate, visit the Cradle 2 Grave website.