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Youth Violence Prevention Summit Emphasizes Evidence-Based Approaches

February 6, 2013

Citing findings and recommendations of the Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence, Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott convened the Youth Violence Prevention Summit on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, in Washington, DC. Sponsored by the House Democratic Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, the summit brought together panelists composed of justice, mental health, education, child development, and law enforcement professionals to discuss ways to identify threats of violence in schools and communities, strategies to reduce violence, and legislative initiatives to empower communities. Speakers emphasized evidence-based programs to reduce violence, including CrimeSolutions.gov and Blueprints for Violence Prevention and, along with task force members, expressed support for the Youth Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support, and Education (Youth PROMISE) Act, legislation introduced by Congressman Scott.

Resources:

View the panelists' presentations.

Read about the Attorney General's Defending Childhood Initiative.

Learn more about the Blueprints for Violence Prevention violence prevention initiative that employs rigorous scientific measures to assess program effectiveness. The University of Colorado–Boulder developed the program.