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
What can you do, as individuals and policymakers, to Focus on Five?
Sustained Investment in children and youth:
- Policymakers can make a commitment to fund programs and implement laws that will enable our young people to reach their full potential.
- Parents can establish a regular time to check in with your children.
- Everyone can consider becoming a tutor/mentor.
Equitable access to high quality mental health services
- Policymakers can ensure that resources are dedicated to allow every Illinois resident to get the mental health care they need.
- Everyone can look out for our family, friends, and neighbors and encourage them to get help when you see signs of trouble.
Common sense approaches to gun violence prevention
- Policymakers can pass legislation that requires universal background checks, requires that firearms be titled like cars, and holds gun dealers accountable for their actions.
- As individuals, if you must keep a gun in your home, store it unloaded and locked up with a trigger lock or in a gun safe, with the ammunition locked up separately.
Juvenile justice system that reflects what we know about adolescent development
- Policymakers can recognize that adolescents’ brains are not fully developed and adopt policies that view a child’s involvement with the justice system as an opportunity for intervention to prevent further delinquent behavior.
- Everyone can model good behavior and teach children how to resolve conflict appropriately.
Sustained investment in strong communities
- Policymakers can adopt community and economic development policies to rectify the fact that the toll of violence falls disproportionately on low-income, minority communities.
- Everyone can get involved in your community—Join or start a block club, attend CAPS meetings, volunteer at your local school.