National Youth Violence Prevention Week Community Wheel
Click on the National Youth Violence Prevention Week Community Wheel to learn how everyone can play a part in preventing youth violence!
How Can I Help? Everyone Can Promise To Prevent Youth Violence!
- Adopt a school and donate educational resources that teach young people strategies to reduce violence.
- Check out our sponsor’s websites to learn more about who they are and how they support NYVPW efforts.
- Conduct workshops and share tips, lesson plans, and ideas for preventing youth violence. Utilize Sandy Hook Promise’s free Know the Signs Programs.
- Connect with others to collaborate on the campaign and refer them to the campaign website for more information.
- Create awareness through PSAs, posters, and social media by sharing activities for National Youth Violence Prevention Week using #NYVPW.
- Donate your time, talent, energy, and resources to help with events throughout the week.
- Encourage local media coverage of campaign events.
- Invite local legislators to participate in NYVPW, share it on their social media and ask them to officially recognize the event with a resolution or press release.
- Join/create a local roundtable in your community to formulate strategies to reduce youth violence (see below for more information).
- Reach out to members in our sponsors’ organizations (school counselors, teachers, social workers, etc.).
- Send letters to your local, state, and national representatives to ask them to support the campaign or attend your NYVPW event or roundtable.
- Wear violence prevention ribbons and hang NYVPW posters to demonstrate your support for the campaign.
- Take Action! If you work with youth, form a SAVE Promise Club!
Consider hosting a community roundtable. These community roundtables are designed to bring communities together to develop action plans to reduce youth violence throughout the year. When establishing your roundtable, try to have at least one representative from each sector identified in the community wheel. This will offer you a variety of perspectives and resources as you develop specific plans to prevent and reduce youth violence throughout the year.
During the community roundtable, explain the concept behind the roundtables and offer an opportunity for interested individuals to sign up. Be sure to get all of their contact information so you can let them know when and where your roundtable will meet. On the sign-up forms, also ask for suggestions on new community-wide initiatives to reduce violence.
For additional tips on setting up a community coalition, check out a guide developed by Study Circles called Organizing Community-wide Dialogue For Action and Change. Share information about your roundtable so community members can attend!