Minneapolis marks Youth Violence Prevention Week

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has proclaimed the week of March 22-26 as Minneapolis Youth Violence Prevention Week to coordinate with National Youth Violence Prevention Week. The proclamation emphasizes the extent of the problem youth violence creates in our country, as well as highlights the City of Minneapolis’ work to target and prevent youth violence. Among other things, the proclamation notes that:

Throughout the week, there are a number of events and initiatives that folks can take part in or learn more about. They include:

The City of Minneapolis developed the Blueprint for Action to prevent youth violence by approaching the problem from a public health perspective. Formally launched in January 2008, the Blueprint has four main goals: Place a trusted adult in the life of every child, intervene at the first sign of risk, restore youth who have been in the juvenile justice system, and unlearn the culture of violence. This program has received national recognition from the National League of Cities.

Juvenile-related homicides were at the lowest levels in 2009 since 2001. In addition, violent crime in the Fourth precinct (which includes four neighborhoods in the Blueprint) decreased 35 percent from 2007. Moreover, arrests for violent crimes in the same geographic neighborhoods were down 35 percent from 2007.

For more information on Minneapolis work to prevent youth violence, visit the City's website.

Published Mar. 23, 2010