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Youth Violence Prevention Technical Assistance Program

DSG was awarded a cooperative agreement for the Youth Violence Prevention Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) program beginning October 1, 2014. In January 2015, the Youth Violence Prevention Coordinated Technical Assistance grant expanded coverage to 24 additional sites from the Community-Based Violence Prevention (CBVP) and Defending Childhood initiatives. Together with the 15 National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention grantees, the program provides TA to 39 sites, with a goal to reduce and prevent youth violence and support safe, healthy, and thriving children, youth, families, and communities.

Sixteen sites are funded as CBVP grantees, with a common goal of changing community norms regarding violence, providing alternatives to violence when community members exhibit dangerous behaviors, and increasing awareness of perceived risks and consequences of involvement in violence among high-risk youth.

Eight sites are funded as Defending Childhood grantees that seek to prevent and more fully understand the impact of trauma resulting from children’s exposure to violence (CEV). CEV is associated with long-term physical, mental, and emotional harm and puts children and youth at greater risk of failing in school and employment, future victimization, and future involvement in the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention Training and Technical Assistance Project

The National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention is a network of communities and federal agencies that work together, share information, and build local capacity to prevent and reduce youth violence. Established at the direction of President Obama in 2010, the Forum brings together people from diverse professions and perspectives to learn from each other about the crisis of youth and gang violence in the United States, and to build comprehensive solutions on the local and national levels. Participating federal agencies include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Labor, and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Through a cooperative agreement with OJJDP, DSG is providing training and technical assistance (TTA) to support the 10 Forum cities to implement three key principles: 1) multidisciplinary partnerships; 2) balanced and coordinated prevention, intervention, enforcement, and reentry strategies; and 3) data and evidence-driven strategies. DSG is mobilizing experts to provide customized, effective, and cost-effective TTA; facilitating peer-to-peer training and communication between and among sites; providing data-driven and evidence-based strategies and practices; and facilitating a national conversation on youth and gang violence. TTA mechanisms include providing on- and off-site TTA, peer-to-peer TA, Webinars, monthly newsletters, and tools and resources. DSG also coordinates the annual National Summit.

The monthly National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention Newsletter features articles related to youth violence—specifically, prevention, intervention, law enforcement, and reentry—as well as news and updates on Forum, CBVP, and Defending Childhood sites; local and national events; grants; and other helpful resources.

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