Youth Violence Prevention

Creating Better Outcomes For The Next Generation 

All young people deserve to have every basic need, every resource, every opportunity to become a successful and prosperous individual with a long and happy life ahead. However, for some youth, they begin life at a clear disadvantage compared to their peers. We know our youth 24 and under are exposed to many forms of violence, such as homicide, shootings, and assaults and it can create negative outcomes for them. In addition to our One Love Louisville Community Action Plan, we also focus our efforts on developing prevention and intervention strategies to create safe environments for our youth. We also understand some youth may have gone down the wrong path and through additional supports around reentry will be able to refocus his or her short term and long term goals.

Guiding Principles

Our work is grounded in the belief that we can reduce violence by increasing and systematizing coordination and collaboration through new partnerships and combining resources. We commit to common results and indictators for the city as a whole and development of methods to track progress. Everyone will have a role and a voice, resident and neighborhood engagement is critical to advance this work. Young people have the knowledge and ideas around violence and how to focus prevention efforts.

We want to elevate the youth voice in this process.


Join Louisville's inagural virtual violence prevention conference, planned for this Saturday from 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

In partnership with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, the Metro Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods and the Youth Violence Prevention Research Center (YVPRC), local youth leaders Imani Smith, Jailen Leavell and Ahmaad Edmund today announced a new virtual conference for Louisville youth, focused on violence prevention.

The conference, 502Con, is scheduled from 2-6:30 p.m. this Saturday, May 23, 2020. It has been created and will be led by local youth, and is inspired after the national conference YARD CON, a digital conference for black students presented by Watch The Yard. Individuals aged 13-30 years are encouraged to participate, although anyone can join in this inaugural event. 

The event is free, but registration is required. Learn more here

502Con, It All Starts With Us

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We encourage everyone to be involved in youth violence prevention. The Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods created the Youth Implementation Team in order to engage youth and promote youth-led efforts that have an impact across Metro Louisville.