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New online resource: Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere

By Elizabeth Tish

Are you or your afterschool program concerned about preventing youth violence in your community? Then STRYVE (Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere) might be the right tool for you. STRYVE is an online space with everything practitioners and their team members need to create, edit, and save a customized youth violence prevention plan. Through STRYVE, you can access video examples from other communities working in violence prevention that provide real-life examples for the strategies discussed.

STRYVE is a national initiative led by the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), located at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The initiative provides direction at the national, state, and local levels on how to prevent youth violence with a public health approach, action that is comprehensive and driven by multiple sectors, and the use of prevention strategies that are based on the best available research evidence.

What is youth violence?

STRYVE defines youth violence as “when young people aged 10 to 24 years intentionally use physical force or power in order to threaten or cause physical or psychological harm to others.” Youth violence is a general term that includes many behaviors, such as fighting, bullying, threats with weapons, gang-related violence, and perpetrating homicide.

Why does youth violence matter?

  • Young people are dying prematurely and getting hurt at alarming rates.
  • Youth cannot grow into productive citizens and a developed workforce if they are unable to learn.
  • Youth violence and crime hurt everyone in a community—youth, adult residents, and businesses.
  • Costs of youth violence limit resources to achieve community goals.


In addition to STRYVE’s customized prevention plan, VetoViolence—CDC’s comprehensive source for violence prevention—offers resources to help you learn more about supporting students and preventing violence. Some highlights include:

  1. Success Stories Library: VetoViolence has created a library of successful CDC programs and initiatives that are making a difference in violence prevention. Ranging from the community level to state level, these stories offer a variety of ideas to help with your own violence prevention efforts. Keep checking back, as new success stories will be added to the library.
  2. Understanding Evidence: This online module offers video training sessions, resources, and an assessment for practitioners to understand best practices in evidence-based violence prevention. This module aims to teach practitioners how to use evidence in decision making.
  3. Fact Sheets: One page fact sheets can educate community partners on the basics of specific violence prevention actions. Topics covered in these fact sheets include childhood relationships, bullying prevention, child maltreatment and more.   
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