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.
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
Know the Signs
Start With Hello