Fourth annual Minneapolis Youth Violence Prevention Week begins March 18

Minneapolis Youth Violence Prevention Week—held March 18-22—is a chance for kids and adults to take part in reducing youth violence in the city. The week is part of a national public education initiative featuring activities and events to call attention to the issue of youth violence, identify strategies to combat this public health epidemic, and promote the positive role youth and adults can have in making their communities and schools safer.

The City of Minneapolis, in collaboration withPeaceMaker Minnesota, Minneapolis Public Schools, and Minneapolis Youth Congress is urging the public and local agencies of all types to participate in Minneapolis Youth Violence Prevention Week. The week’s activities, include:

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. Reducing youth violence requires a collaborative approach joining City and State agencies, community-based organizations, and residents toward a common vision. 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 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.

For more information about how you can participate in the Minneapolis Youth Violence Prevention Week, PeaceMaker award program, and tool kit, visit the Youth Violence Prevention website.

Published Mar 14, 2013