Monday, March 2, 2020

Youth Violence Prevention Week

According to the CDC, youth violence occurs when there is an intentional use of force or power to injure others. The age of those who are among the perpetrators, victims or witnesses of  this violence is between the ages of 14-24.  The good news is that youth violence is preventable!! According to Janet Benavente from Colorado State University, researchers agree on prevention resources for youth violence:

  • Youth violence is learned and can be unlearned.
  • Youth should be part of the solution for preventing violence.
  • Because violence is such a complex issue, it requires a comprehensive and multifaceted approach.
  • Partnerships and collaborations work more effectively than individual efforts.
In addition, the CDC recognizes that universal school-wide prevention approaches have the best success rate of reducing violence and other risk behaviors in youth. 

Each year, SAVE and Sandy Hook Promise sponsors the National Youth Violence Awareness Prevention Week.  This year's event will be held the week of March 30th - April 3rd.  If you are interested in participating, check out the National Youth Violence Prevention Kit for resources and ideas!

Monday, March 30      Know the Signs and SAVE the Day  
Tuesday, March 31      Promote Respect and Tolerance  
Wednesday, April 1     Be an Upstander  
Thursday, April 2        Resolve Conflicts Peacefully 
 Friday, April 3           Unite in Action 
Download these helpful kits!

National Youth Violence Prevention Kit
Anti-Bullying Activities

Other Programs: 
Know the Signs
Say Something
Start With Hello

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