Spotlight on Forum Communities

Boston | Camden | Chicago | Detroit | Memphis | Minneapolis | Philadelphia | New Orleans | Salinas | San José
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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.

Plan summary | Full report (PDF, 81 pages)

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Camden recognizes we must break the cycle of poverty and hopelessness—which are often the root causes of violence—by addressing the urgent public safety issues in our community through a comprehensive, full scale, long-term approach to violence prevention.

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Chicago is committed to reducing violence, particularly among youth. To stop this cycle of violence, they address its root causes, including lack of economic security, exposure to trauma, disconnection from school, and involvement in gangs and the justice system.

Plan summary (PDF, 6 pages) | Full report (PDF, 68 pages)

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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.

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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.

Plan summary | Full report (PDF, 149 pages)

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The Blueprint is a community-driven, grassroots response to the issue of youth violence. This collaborative, multi-level approach integrates programming that is designed to serve diverse populations. ?The Blueprint includes a list of existing and new activities informed by public health principles and aligned with the National Forum framework of prevention, early intervention, re-entry and reinforcement.

Full report (PDF, 36 pages)

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New Orleans

The NOLA FOR LIFE PLAYbook: Promoting Life for All Youth is a strategic plan for action to prevent youth violence. Nested within the existing framework of NOLA FOR LIFE, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's comprehensive murder reduction strategy, the PLAYbook's aim is to improve youth safety by addressing risk and protective factors for youth violence.

Full report (PDF, 102 pages)

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Every young person in Philadelphia has a fundamental right to live in a safe neighborhood with the opportunity to realize a fulfilling adult life. To prevent youth violence in Philadelphia, we will strive to create safe environments that support the development of healthy, thriving, productive citizens through a city-wide, multi-disciplinary approach aligning prevention, intervention, enforcement, re-entry, and data evaluation efforts.

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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.

Plan summary | Full report (PDF, 40 pages)

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San José

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.

Plan summary | Full report (PDF, 56 pages)

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Updated: Thursday, December 18, 2014