Youth can and should play a unique role in preventing and addressing the violence that affects their communities, but it takes special skills and understanding to know how to get them involved. ILJ provides tools to engage youth in meaningful ways to address gangs and other violence in their communities.
Youth Engagement in Gang Prevention
Under its cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U. S. Department of Justice, to serve as technical assistance (TA) contractor for Community Engagement in Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), ILJ has created a Youth Engagement in Gang Prevention Resource Guide and online toolkit. The goal of these resources is to give PSN districts tools to engage youth in meaningful ways to address gang violence. The programs and strategies highlighted in the guide and toolkit have shown success in helping youth (with guidance and support from responsible adults) to determine how best to influence their peers and work together to address gang violence.