Join us and other community organizations this THURSDAY as we discuss youth violence and how we can get all of our young people involved in positive activities.
When: Thursday April 23rd
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Where: Anacostia Neighborhood Library
I'm a strong believer in knowing what has happened in the past and understanding the research associated with a problem I am trying to solve. To help prepare myself for the meeting tonite, I'm looking at the following so thought I would share:
- Combating Violence and Delinquency: The National Juvenile Justice Action Plan: While published in 1996, this plan contains the fundamentals and is a must-have and -use resource.
- Broken Windows: New Evidence from New York City and a Five-City Social Experiment (PDF): This paper dispels the broken windows theory. A good and necessary read.
- Business improvement districts: Impact on public safety within BIDs and in nearby areas: A summary of the research and valuable links.
- What is Theory of Change?: An easy-to-understand description of this term.
- Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, a research program of the Institute of Behavioral Science (IBS) at the University of Colorado at Boulder: This is the mother ship for best practices.
Here's some history on youth violence plans and intervention in DC:
- D.C. YOUTH DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY IMPLEMENTATION PLAN: This was written in 2005 to address the spike in youth homicides during the Williams Administration. The two purposes of the strategy were: 1) Launch a youth violence intervention strategy that can deliver near-term, powerful results; and 2) Lay the groundwork for a sustainable investment in our city’s young people guided by the values of positive youth development.
- Positive Youth Development Continuum Matrix
- Draft notes from the July 11, 2005 hearing on juvenile violence and homicides:
- Need better outcomes and greater accountability
- There are gaps in knowledge about funding for programs for children and youth. The city (government and nonprofits) should maximizing funding
- The city must institutionalize collaboration, coordination among government agencies and between government and the public
- Improving quality
- Involve youth in the process of program and anti-violence plan development
- Improve the capacity of community-based organizations to do the (outcome-driven) work required to prevent and intervene effectively
- Put in place required youth worker training