Roll Up Your Sleeves
National Youth Violence Prevention Week (NYVPW) is an annual observance focused on raising awareness and providing education about the impacts of violence in schools and communities and how youth, families, schools, and communities can get involved to prevent violence. This year NYVPW was April 4-8 and SCY led a social media photo campaign to highlight all the ways the people within Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago make a difference for Chicago youth, families, and communities.
We encourage YOU to continue to roll up your sleeves and help us raise awareness and increase knowledge about the important ways individuals can and do make a difference. Learn about how you can get involved through our Focus on Five. Check out our social media pages to see all the ways the Lurie Chidlren's community is making a difference and post your own photos and stories! Tag SCY and use #violencefreeCHI #RollUpYourSleeves.
"I will strengthen Chicago's youth by...
| "I strengthen Chicago's youth by...
being involved in events, activities,
projects that engage our youth."
-Ed Boone, SCY Community Programs
What can I do?
Many of us at Lurie Children’s have heard this question the past week—in our hallways, commuting to and from work and at our kitchen tables. The murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee and the release of the video of the police shooting of Laquan McDonald have led to a new sense of urgency for Chicagoans. We know how you feel. Anxious. Uneasy. Eager for change. But what can we do?
The short answer: it’s time for each of us to roll up our sleeves.
With the goal of educating and raising awareness on effective ways to reduce and prevent youth violence, SCY encourages everyone to take action to prevent violence through our Focus on Five:
- Sustained investment in children and youth
- Equitable access to high quality mental health services
- Common sense approaches to gun violence prevention
- Juvenile justice system that reflects what we know about adolescent development
- Sustained investment in strong communities
Download and share SCY's Focus on Five.