Monday, September 24, 2012

Four Cities Added to the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention

Last week, the Department of Justice announced that four new cities will be added to the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. The four new cities include: 
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Minneapolis, MN 
  • Camden, NJ 

A White House initiative, the Forum is a network of communities that have come together to share information and support best practices that aim to reduce and prevent youth violence. With participation and support from federal agencies -  including the Departments of Justice, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development and Labor - the Forum connects communities with various stakeholders, funders and organizations that can enhance the capacity of communities to effectively tackle youth violence. 

The first six communities participating in the Forum have leveraged new partnerships and implemented new violence reduction and prevention strategies. For example, Target awarded grants to the Forum sites to hire a youth director in each community. In San Jose, youth are participating in a new media training program, which allows youth to interview community leaders.

To learn more about to access tools and strategies created by the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, please click here.

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