Third annual Minneapolis Youth Violence Prevention Week begins March 19

Minneapolis Youth Violence Prevention Week — set for March 19 to 23 — is an opportunity for kids and adults to take part in efforts to reduce youth violence in the city. The week is part of a national public education initiative featuring activities and events to call attention to the issue of youth violence, identify strategies to combat this public health epidemic, and promote the positive roles that youths and adults can have in making their communities and schools safer.

The City of Minneapolis, in collaboration with
Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis Youth Congress, and Community Power Against Violence, is urging the public and local agencies of all types to participate in Minneapolis Youth Violence Prevention Week. The week’s activities include:

Youth violence is the second leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 and 24, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Reducing youth violence requires a collaborative approach joining City and State agencies, community-based organizations, and residents toward a common vision.

As part of its youth violence prevention efforts in 2006, the City declared youth violence to be a public health concern. In 2008, the City formally launched the Blueprint for Action with these goals:

For more information about how you can participate in the Minneapolis Youth Violence Prevention Week, visit the City of Minneapolis website.

Published Mar. 14, 2012