National Youth Violence Prevention Week
Educating and Empowering Young People
National Youth Violence Prevention Week, April 12-16, 2021
The Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods is partnering with organizations such as Jefferson County Public Schools, the Youth Violence Prevention Research Center (YVPRC), Metro United Way, and many more to bring events to youth and young adults across the city that promote safety and peace for all. Everybody can do some small act that promotes peace during this week. Individuals and organizations can donate time or resources, generate ideas, collaborate, and share on social media many different and creative ways to raise awareness and educate youth and communities on effective strategies to prevent youth violence. Over the past few years, more than 75,000 local students have participated in events during National Youth Violence Prevention Week. No act or idea is too small that encourages young individuals to play a positive role in making his or her community safer.
NYVPW Spoken Word Poetry WINNER: Savannah Jones
Last month, we asked for your best spoken word poetry submissions, and now we have selected a winner! Savannah Jones was selected for her outstanding illustration of this year's theme, War and Peace. Members of the Mayor's Youth Implementation Team chose the theme for this year's competition which took place to commemorate National Youth Violence Prevention Week. While this theme may mean something different to everyone, to many youth, these two contrasting words represents the seemingly dichotomous worlds they have to navigate on a daily basis. While this concept seems difficult to illustrate, Savannah Jones take on it seemed to speak to it directly. Thank you Savannah for your participation and commitment to violence prevention! See her entry below.
SAVE Promise Club
Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE), an initiative of Sandy Hook Promise, is a founding partner of the National Youth Violence Prevention Week (NYVPW) campaign. NYVPW raises awareness and educates youth and communities on effective strategies to prevent youth violence before it happens. This week-long campaign consists of activities in many sectors that involve all community members and elevate youth voices. Since 2017, the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods has worked with community partners to expand efforts in schools, government, businesses and other areas. It takes an entire city to make National Youth Violence Prevention Week reach its full potential. We believe every young person and supportive adult can be engaged in one or more violence prevention activities. We encourage all individuals and organizations to be involved in some capacity with NYVPW. Visit the SAVE Promise Club website to find information, resources, activities and toolkits for youth violence prevention.