Youth violence destroys quality of life and decreases the freedom, health, and prosperity of individuals, families, and communities. Unaddressed youth violence and crime negatively affect our communities' physical, mental, and economic health and challenges our ability to educate, grow, and prosper.
Public safety is not a standalone problem or one sector's problem to solve. Youth violence and crime are directly tied to the economic health, quality of health, and potential growth of a community. Putting an end to youth violence requires communities to implement a range of approaches that include prevention, intervention, treatment, and re-entry strategies. These approaches require coordination and integration by diverse partners.
Effectively addressing youth violence requires partners from multiple sectors and disciplines including: justice, education, labor, social services, public health and safety, businesses, philanthropic organizations, faith-based organizations, and other youth, family, and community-serving groups. Each sector has a unique and important role to play, and ongoing dialogue to create system change across all sectors is essential to success.
Our community has a lot of work to do, but we also have assets that will make us successful. We are a part of the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention that receives direct assistance from multiple federal agencies, including the Departments of Justice, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing, and Labor. This support is helping us connect critical partners to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy.
We know by working together we will see improvements in youth violence, and likely other areas of concern, such as drug use and school drop-out. We know by investing in the promotion of healthy youth development and the prevention of youth violence and crime, we can prevent youth from becoming adult criminals, reduce the burden of crime on its victims and society, and save taxpayers seven to ten dollars for every dollar invested, primarily in the form of reduced spending in prisons.4
Your voice and expertise are critical to our community's success. Join us in making our community violence-free, healthy, and prosperous.
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