Through interagency communication and information-sharing, civic engagement conducted citywide, and multidisciplinary and data driven strategies, Boston is working to prevent youth violence. Boston has a vision for reductions in youth violence, opportunities for youth and their families, and an improved quality of life.
Chicago is developing strategies to strengthen a coordinated city response to violence. Chicago is working to reduce the likelihood that Chicago public school students will be involved in violent incidents – on or off school grounds – and increase the opportunities for students to excel academically in a safe, secure, and supportive school environment.
Detroit envisions a city where youth and education are valued, it is safe to walk the streets, conflicts are resolved nonviolently, and young men and women have real job and career opportunities. The city recognizes that part of what they must do as a community is to shift the frame from one where youth are seen as the problem to one where they are seen as part of the positive future of our city.
Memphis has a vision of a city in which all children and youth are valued and nurtured by strong families and communities, and are fully prepared for lifelong success. In collaboration with multiple partners, they are working to articulate and implement a plan to prevent youth violence, intervene with youth at high risk for offending, implement enforcement strategies, and assist youth returning from incarceration.
Salinas is framing a multi-pronged strategy to address gang violence and related problems – efforts are underway to promote positive youth development, connect law enforcement and the community in designing shared solutions, create a safe school environment and strong collaborations with support agencies, and address drug and alcohol abuse.
The City of San José remains one of the “safest big cities in America” due in large part to the sustained efforts of the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force (MGPTF). The MGPTF, one of San José’s leading grass-roots initiatives and a nationally recognized model, addresses issues of gang violence, and provides support to gang-involved youth and their families.
FindYouthInfo.gov is the U.S. government Web site that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help you assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest, youth-related news.