PI’s Jamecca Marshall to speak on tools, tactics for preventing community violence, trauma at 5th National Summit on Preventing Youth Violence
The 5th National Summit on Preventing Youth Violence brings together federal and local partners this week to strengthen strategies in communities across the country that enhance safety and create greater opportunities for residents, including youth. More than 600 people are expected to attend.
Prevention Institute’s (PI) Jamecca Marshall will share successes and strategies to sustain violence prevention efforts with grantees from the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention’s Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (YVPI), the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, the Defending Childhood Initiative, and the Community-Based Violence Prevention (CBVP) program at the summit. Additionally, representatives from cities that have accepted President Obama’s MBK Community Challenge, a coordinated federal effort to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color, will attend.
The YVPI, a White House multi-agency initiative led by the Departments of Justice and Education in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, works to prevent and reduce violence impacting youth across the nation. In the five years of the initiative, 39 cities and sites around the country have partnered with the federal government to address the underlying risk factors for violence and move collectively to take action. PI has supported YVPI sites since 2010, providing training, technical assistance, and peer-learning opportunities on various topics and tools. These include:
Jamecca will present Tuesday, June 28 on Expanding the Role of Business and Foundations in Addressing Community Violence: Collaboration Multiplier Tool, and Preventing Violence and Children’s Exposure—Multi-Sector Approach.
Through the YVPI initiative, new communities of practice, studies, and coordinated funding have emerged to support the public health and multi-sectoral approach to violence prevention.
YVPI cities and sites have created a shared framework for collective action; addressed the underlying contributors for violence; focused on common outcomes; adopted the Spectrum of Prevention; and used trauma-informed approaches.
Sustaining these outcomes is critical in order to continue reducing and preventing violence that impacts youth. We know that engaging multiple sectors is important; communities’ work under YVPI has already generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in private sector investment. We look forward to working with our partners to see continued support from the federal administration for this critical work.