Forum to highlight efforts to reduce youth violence

A look at how City's Blueprint for Action has helped reduce violent crime and homicides will be the theme of May 1 forum on youth violence to be held in north Minneapolis. Mayor R.T. Rybak and Congressman Keith Ellison will lead a discussion on the City's efforts to reduce youth violence in Minneapolis and future initiatives to address the needs of youth, law enforcement and residents.

Youth Violence as a Public Health Issue
3 to 5 p.m., Friday, May 1
North Community Youth and Teen Enrichment Center YMCA
1711 W. Broadway Ave.

The forum will also look at how the City's blueprint for action can be adapted for use in other communities. The forum will also explore the role the federal government can play in partnering with localities on youth violence.

In January 2008, city and community leaders launched the Blueprint to Prevent Youth Violence, a multi-faceted, multi-year action plan to attack the core issues behind the violence being inflicted on and by too many young people in the city. The Blueprint views youth violence as a public health epidemic which can be prevented.

Published Apr 28, 2009