National Youth Violence Prevention Week is March 22-26

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.

The City of Minneapolis has a long track record of working hard to prevent youth violence. As part of its youth violence prevention efforts, in 2006, the City declared youth violence to be a public health concern and subsequently formally launched the "Blueprint for Action" in 2008 with the following goals: connect every youth with a trusted adult; intervene at the first sign that youth are at risk for violence; restore youth who have gone down the wrong path; and, unlearn the culture of violence in our community.

Since 2007, juvenile crime has declined by 35 percent and by 19 percent since 2008, in the fourth precinct which encompasses the four northside neighborhoods in the Minneapolis Blueprint for Action.

To encourage support and engagement in activities to promote, healthy, peaceful and vibrant communities, and in recognition of National Youth Violence Prevention Week happening March 22-26, the City of Minneapolis created a youth violence prevention tool kit to provide practical ideas and resources that allow for common action items and broad participation.

For more information on the City's youth violence prevention efforts and the Blueprint for Action, visit the City's website.

Published Mar 18, 2010