Youth Violence Reduction Action Strategy

CCYVC Youth Safety Playbook: Goals, Objectives, Strategies

The goals, objectives, and strategies described in the playbook provide resources and guidance to stakeholders throughout the region on programs and initiatives that have been demonstrated to reduce youth violence. These strategies include prevention, intervention, enforcement, and re-entry approaches that have been successful in communities across the country. Each strategy includes specific examples and model programs that have been implemented in other cities, and can be adapted for use in Trenton. CCYVC is committed to supporting implementation of strategies that stakeholders identify as relevant to their organization’s mission and goals, and will work to facilitate collaboration, resource and information sharing, and coordination of common efforts to reduce youth violence.

Goal 1: Youth feel safe in their city. 

  • Objective 1.1 – Improve youth experience of safety in their neighborhood. 
    • Strategy 1.1.1 – Develop community-based violence response program. 
    • Strategy 1.1.2 – Develop hospital-based violence response program.
    • Strategy 1.1.3 – Invest in built environment. 
  • Objective 1.2 – Improve youth experience of safety across neighborhoods. 
    • Strategy 1.2.1 – Create safe routes. 
    • Strategy 1.2.2 – Implement youth-based participatory research practices. 
  • Objective 1.3 – Improve youth and police relations. 
    • Strategy 1.3.1 – Increase police/community initiatives. 
    • Strategy 1.3.2 – Implement additional community policing practices. 

Goal 2: Youth engage in meaningful, constructive activities.

  • Objective 2.1 – Increase # of youth engaged in meaningful, positive activities and behaviors. 
    • Strategy 2.1.1 – Develop and maintain city-wide youth program database. 
    • Strategy 2.1.2 – Remove transportation as a barrier to youth engagement. 
    • Strategy 2.1.3 – Review and implement ward-based programs/services. 
    • Strategy 2.1.4 – Teach positive behavior in schools. 
    • Strategy 2.1.5 – Increase comprehensive employment programming.
    • Strategy 2.1.6 – Increase youth civic engagement opportunities. 
    • Strategy 2.1.7 – Increase number of non-structured activities.
  • Objective 2.2 – Increase family engagement in youth activities.
    • Strategy 2.2.1 – Improve and leverage school relationships. 
    • Strategy 2.2.2 – Improve coordination of family engagement. 

Goal 3: Youth have positive relationships with trusted, informed adults.

  • Objective 3.1 – Increase the number of trusted, informed adults in the community and train youth to identify those adults. 
    • Strategy 3.1.1 – Develop trainings for adults to increase knowledge and build trust. 
  • Objective 3.2 – Improve services for families with high-risk factors for youth violence.
    • Strategy 3.2.1 – Develop multi-family group intervention program. 

Goal 4: Youth-serving organizations deliver coordinated, effective, empirically informed programs.

  • Objective 4.1 – Improve coordination of youth and family services.
    • Strategy 4.1.1 – Provide individualized coordination and planning for youth.
    • Strategy 4.1.2 – Improve systems coordination. 
  • Objective 4.2 – Expand awareness of evidence-based prevention, intervention, enforcement and reentry practices.
    • Strategy 4.2.1 – Develop and implement training series for providers.
    • Strategy 4.2.2 – Create a city-wide youth violence prevention center. 

Goal 5: Youth returning from out-of-home placement or secure care successfully reintegrate into their community.

  • Objective 5.1 – Improve reintegration of youth back to family, community, and school/employment.
    • Strategy 5.1.1 – Increase number of individual, reintegration mentors, supporters and advocates.
    • Strategy 5.1.2 – Create city-wide reengagement center.


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