Preventing youth violence in our communities is not just an option; it is a necessity. The seriousness of youth violence has drawn the attention of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, who have concluded that youth violence is a public health crisis and stated, “We can’t arrest our way out of this problem. Prevention is the key to long-term success.”
Yes. The good news is that there are multiple approaches to prevent youth violence that are cost effective and that work. Communities across the country have proved it.
Many youth violence prevention approaches have been carefully evaluated and from these, the strategies that work have been identified by the CDC. Before investing in unproven strategies or developing new ones, we encourage communities to select already-proven approaches supported by the best available evidence.