Roll Up Your Sleeves

NYVPW 2016 reduced

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.

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 "I will strengthen Chicago's youth by...
starting to volunteer for an organization
in my neighborhood."
-Becky Levin, SCY Director

 "I strengthen Chicago's youth by...
being involved in events, activities,
projects that engage our youth."
-Ed Boone, SCY Community Programs

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.

There are many ways and at many levels that an individual can begin to take action to prevent violence in our communities. Whether you'd like to start a movement individually, or begin to rally a small group to reach out to your community, various actions can facilitate further work by others to address this public health issue.

Roll up your sleeves and take action!

Local organizations have been engaging in violence prevention programs and provide an example of practices that provide a community-based approach to strengthening youth and the people around them as well as creating a safe environment to live, learn, and grow with.

Various tools have been developed and utilized to increase organizational capacity and ability to address violence as a community. These tools include trainings, presentations, and outlines of strategies for a sustainable program for violence prevention and community organization.