Minneapolis selected to join national forum on youth violence prevention

Building on its local success in youth violence prevention, the City of Minneapolis is one of four new cities in 2012  that have been selected to become a member of a federal-level initiative to address youth violence – the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention.

Under President Obama, the National Department of Justice and Education created the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention to spark a heightened awareness and communication on youth and gang violence.  The forum is a new model for federal and local collaboration that encourages members to change their approach through increased communication and coordinated action. The Forum is an Administration-led effort involving agencies from across the federal government, corporate partners, non-profit groups, neighborhood and faith-based organizations, and youth representatives. It also complements the Attorney General’s Defending Childhood Initiative, a Department of Justice-wide effort designed to prevent and reduce the damage caused by children’s exposure to violence.

Youth violence is the second leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 and 24, according to the Centers for Disease Control. As part of its youth violence prevention efforts, in 2006, the City declared youth violence to be a public health concern and formally launched the "Blueprint for Action" in 2008 with these four goals: connect every youth with a trusted adult; intervene at the first sign that youth are at risk for violence; restore youth who have gone down the wrong path; and, unlearn the culture of violence in our community.

Since 2006, the City of Minneapolis has seen some successes in reducing youth violence in the city. For example:

*Source: Results Minneapolis, Youth Violence Prevention, May 22, 2012

In addition to these measured successes, the Blueprint has served as a platform for significant systems change and resource allocation in a coordinated manner. Among the achievements:

As part of this national forum, the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support will use a four-step process to develop a strategic plan that will serve youth from the ages of 8-24 who reside in Minneapolis. The process will build upon the City’s current plan, Blueprint of Action: Preventing Youth Violence. Joining this national forum will provide the City with more opportunities for training and technical assistance in completing its strategic planning process, and coordination with other member communities in preventing youth violence.

 

Published Sep 19, 2012