Youth Violence Prevention in Minneapolis 

Minneapolis Youth Violence Prevention Week begins April 1st!

Learn more and see a list of activities happening during the week.


Minneapolis addresses youth violence using a public health approach. Public health issues are preventable and affect the entire community. A public health approach to violence has three main focuses:

  1. Primary Prevention: helping communities stay safe and violence-free. 
  2. Secondary Prevention: redirecting at-risk individuals and groups to safer behaviors and environments. 
  3. Tertiary Prevention: rehabilitating those engaged in violence and fostering safe re-entry into the community. 

On all three levels of prevention, the Minneapolis Health Department (MHD) works with its partners—police, schools, parks, county services, community organizations, youth, and more—toward a common goal of reducing violence among young people in Minneapolis.

New initiatives include: replicating the evidence-based Group Violence Intervention strategy; Next Step, a hospital-based youth violence intervention program; and a CDC-funded project addressing shared risk and protective factors between teen dating violence and youth-violence. Policy work, including supporting sensible gun laws, is also an important component of MHD’s efforts. 

Learn more about the Minneapolis Blueprint for Action, a community-driven, grassroots response to the issue of youth violence. 

Bridges to Manhood Conference
Register now. 

When: Thursday, April 6, 2017, 8:30am-2:30pm 
Where: Minneapolis Community & Technical College 

The City of Minneapolis Health Department, in partnership with Voices of Effective Change, Inc. is pleased to present the Bridges to Manhood Conference.

Bridges to Manhood is a conference that offers an opportunity across generations and cultural communities for young men (with an emphasis on young men and boys of color) to tell their stories and the stories of others to think about the way society sees them. This event will be MC'd by Reies Romero. 

Free breakfast and lunch will be provided.

All participants will receive a gift bag. 

Over $2,000 in door prizes will be given away (including Beats, gift cards to Foot Locker, Target, Chipotle, AMC, Wilson's Barbershop, and more!)

Fathers bring your sons and nephews!
Mentors bring your mentees!
Teachers bring your male students!

Featuring motivational speaker, Elizer Darris:   

 Elizer Darris

Elizer Eugene Darris is a motivational speaker. After being sentenced to natural life in prison as a juvenile and violently struggling for years in adult facilities, he fought to turn his life around. He strives to be impactful and effect change in the world around him. His message is: we are the captains of our ships and the masters of our fate, despite whatever circumstance we may face. 


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Should you require a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate, or information in an alternative format, please contact 612-673-2301. 

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Last updated Mar 30, 2017



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