2019 Youth Violence Prevention Week

YVP week photoThe City of Minneapolis joins a national public education effort by participating in its fifth annual Youth Violence Prevention (YVP) Week. Activities and events March 30-April 7 will call attention to the issue of youth violence, identify strategies to combat this public health epidemic and promote the positive roles young people and adults can play in making their communities and schools safer. 

View 2019 Youth Violence Prevention Week events PDF or view the list of events below. Throughout the week, youth from Asian Media Access will attend all events to conduct a chalkboard project. They will set up a large chalkboard and invite event goers to leave comments as to how they make their community safe. People can write on who they are, what they think they can do to help the community, and how we can create a safe place together.

Saturday, March 30 

Spring Safety Workshops
Diane Long, of Kaleidoscope Healing Arts, in partnership with NorthStar Youth Outreach Center and Avenues for Homeless Youth is offering a series of spring safety workshops on topics relating to boundaries, self-care & safety. There will also be training on verbal and physical skills for self-advocacy and self-protection. All youth in attendance received two free bus tokens. The first 20 youth to attend a workshop receive a $5 gift card. 

NorthStar Youth Outreach Center
3001 White Bear Avenue, Maplewood Mall
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Pop Up Live Community Artist Recording Session 
1 Way Entertainment will host this session consisting of setting up a portable recording studio to record a verse from community hip hop artists and singers. Artists can stop by and record a positive or inspiration collaborative song as a part of a youth violence prevention EP album.The project will be released to the community youth for viral distribution via social media and digital distribution.The entire project will be recorded, produced and distributed the same day.

West Broadway Business & Area Coalition 
931 West Broadway Avenue
12 PM - 8 PM 

Restoring Hope Fest
This free, family event is hosted by Restoration, Inc. Restoring Hope Fest brings together families & the community to help end youth violence. The event will feature door prizes, free food, live performances, basketball, art, dance & a bounce house. 

North Community Branch YMCA
1711 West Broadway Avenue
3 PM - 6 PM

Violence Prevention March and BBQ
MADDADS will lead a community march from Chicago Avenue & Lake Street to Peavey Park.This will be followed by a BBQ in the park and a speaker from Micah House that will facilitate a discussion about the impact of violence and drugs in the community. Youth that participate in this event will receive a certificate. 

Peavey Park
730 E 22nd Street
4 PM - 6 PM 

Tuesday, April 2

Bridges to Manhood Conference 
The City of Minneapolis Health Department in partnership with Voices of Effective Change, Inc. presents the 5th annual Bridges to Manhood Conference. This conference offers an opportunity across generations and cultural communities for young men of color to tell their stories, the stories of others, and to think about the way society sees them. As an opportunity to change the narrative, we believe in the power of young men and boys of color, and we are creating safe spaces for them to convene and live in their truth.

University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs 
301 19th Avenue South
8 AM - 2:15 PM 

Wednesday, April 3

Girl's Symposium 
Hosted by the Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board, girls ages 12-16 will join a group and move from room to room to talk about life, engage in lively discussions, and be inspired and creative as they paint, quilt, braid, and layer a yogurt parfait! 

North Commons Park
1801 N James Avenue
12 PM - 3 PM 

Hands without Guns Youth Talent Showcase 
Protect Minnesota presents the "Hands Without Guns Youth Talent Showcase." The showcase will feature powerful performances and testimony from young people impacted by gun violence. There will also be a guest performance by Flau’jae (quarterfinalist on America’s Got Talent).

North High School 
1500 James Ave North
6 PM - 8 PM 

Thursday, April 4

Teen Tournament Day 
Teens are invited to participate in this fun event hosted by the Whittier Neighborhood Alliance. Register to play in a 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, participate in video game competitions, and try out other fun activities. Food will be provided to participants. Prizes to the winning teams!

Whittier Recreation Center
425 W 26th Street
2 PM - 6 PM 

Safe Start to Summer
Great Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church is having a basketball tournament for ages 10-17 and festival for all; will include food, face painting, bouncy house, crime prevention conversations, and family fun!

Greater Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church
1800 Dupont Avenue North
12 PM - 6PM

The Hate U Give: Youth Discussion
The Man Up Club is bringing you a youth discussion centered around the movie The Hate U Give. There will be free food, prizes & giveaways. This event is for all youth ages 13-25.

1101 West Broadway Avenue
6 PM - 8 PM 

Internet Security and Cyberbully Prevention Workshop 
Safe Communities of United Tribes (SCOUT) is partnering with North Central University Professor Aaron McCain to speak about internet security and cyber bullying.The workshop will be geared towards youth aged 9+ to increase awareness on social media by empowering youth to make smarter and safer decisions on the web.

Little Earth Resident's Association
2495 18th Avenue South
5 PM - 8 PM 

Friday, April 5

Culture is Prevention Youth Gathering
The Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (MIWRC) is hosting the Culture is Prevention Youth Gathering in the MIWRC Community Room. Youth under 18 and their families are invited to come enjoy lunch, a teaching about sacred medicines from MIWRC Elder in Residence, Linda Eagle Speaker, and work on a mosaic project with artist, Lori Greene. 

Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center
2300 S 15th Avenue
12 PM - 4 PM 

FriDaze, hosted by the West Broadway Business & Area Coalition, offers safe space in the heart of North Minneapolis for community to gather through the activation of a vacant city-owned space. This event will center youth and youth voices and important issues facing their lives.

West Broadway Business & Area Coalition
931 West Broadway Avenue
4 PM - 8 PM 

YVP Training for Parents  
The Islamic Civic Society of America & Open Path Resources will facilitate a parent-only training on positive behavior interventions with children of various ages and how this can improve communication and positive choices by youth.

Dar Al Hijrah Mosque & Islamic Civic Society of America
504 Cedar Ave Street
12:30 PM - 2 PM 

Saturday, April 6

Art meets Social Justice
Students Demand Action--Minnesota will host this event with an art wall and t-shirts for people to decorate. Participants will be encouraged to write or draw something in relation to gun violence prevention (i.e. why gun violence prevention is important to them, how they think we can stop gun violence, etc). Light refreshments/snacks will be offered.

Elliot Park Recreation Center
1000 East 14th Street
1 PM - 3 PM 

Family Violence Prevention Training
A family event hosted by the Islamic Civic Society of America & Open Path Resources where parents and their children talk about positive behavior supports and interventions that will encourage better communication in families and increased positive choices by youth.

Dar Al Hijrah Mosque & Islamic Civic Society of America
504 Cedar Ave Street
11 AM - 1 PM 

"For Hooyo" campaign kickoff event 
Daryeel Youth in collaboration with Somali mothers, will kickstart their campaign, For Hooyo, that calls attention to the issue of youth violence, identifies strategies to combat this public health and safety epidemic, and promotes the positive roles that parents and young people can play in making their communities safer.

Garden of Eden Islamic Cemetery
12235 Wood Lake Drive; Burnsville, MN 55337
3 PM - 4:30 PM

Sunday, April 7 

Run & Shoot Basketball Tournament 
This 3-on-3 basketball tournament is hosted by Run & Shoot with 4 divisions by age (12-14, 15-17, 18-21, and 21+); 10 teams per division; same-day, onsite registration starts at 10:30 AM.

Farview Park 
621 N 29th Avenue
12 PM - 5 PM 




Last updated Apr 4, 2019



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