By Michelle Silver
Youth violence is unfortunately a widespread and prevalent issue. Homicide is one of the leading causes of death among those ages 10-24 and in 2011 over 700,000 people ages 10-24 were treated in the ED for assault injuries (CDC, 2013). Youth violence can be prevented and we must take measures to educate ourselves and others about this important issue.
This week (April 7th-11th) is National Youth Violence Prevention week. The goal of the week is to raise awareness about youth violence among students, educators, parents, and other community members. Each day of the week is dedicated to a particular topic that relates in some way to youth violence. There are many activities associated with each day, with the hope of engaging people in people and helping them realize that they can help build safer communities. Activities range from role playing, class discussions, teambuilding, contests, personal stories, and many more. For suggested daily activities by day visit: http://nationalsave.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/nyvpw-activities-2014.pdf
The day by day topics are as follows:
Day 1-Promote Respect and Tolerance
Day 2-Manage your Anger
Day 3-Resolve Conflicts Peacefully
Day 4-Support Safety
Day 5-Unite in Action
Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE), a partner of the National Youth Violence Prevention Campaign, has also created a pie chart visual with each section of the pie being an element of a community (link here). These range from medical, to parents and schools. When clicking on any of them, you are then presented with a long list of ways you can help protect youth and build a safer community. The goal of the pie chart is to allow you to choose an area of interest and then to provide you with ideas of how to get involved. The large pie chart and long list of options for each section are guaranteed to help you find a feasible and meaningful option that helps prevent youth violence.
For more information about National Youth Violence Prevention Week visit: http://nationalsave.org/event/national-youth-violence-prevention-week/
We challenge you to get involved in Youth Violence Prevention week in any way that you can!