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Effective Strategies for Reducing Youth Violence in Communities

General Description

According to National Statistics violent crime has increased nationwide in the last year. This increase has had an impact on a number of communities across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Many of these communities report that youth violence has increased and has become a major public safety concern. In order to address this issue, communities need to be prepared to assess the scope of the problem and learn how to build effective community-based teams and to engage in model strategic planning at the local level. 

The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services is pleased to offer a series of webinars focused on reducing youth violence within communities in the Commonwealth. This three-part series will provide proven strategies to strengthen community engagement in the process of youth violence reduction.

Research has proven that communities must move beyond programs and adopt a strategy that brings effective partners together to plan, develop, and implement action steps to reduce youth violence.

Webinar Topics

Webinar participants will receive current, research-based information and resources on topics including:

  • The current community trends and impact of youth violence
  • The power of community assessments in violence reduction
  • The impact of youth gangs on community violence
  • How to build effective community teams to address youth violence
  • How to build model community strategic plans to reduce youth violence

Intended Audience

This training is open to sworn law enforcement, juvenile justice leaders, school leaders, community-based non-profits, mental health professionals, faith-based leaders, and community members with a desire to learn more about this important topic.

Cost and Registration

There is no fee to attend the training. Pre-registration is required