The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the nation’s health protection agency, working 24/7 to protect America from health and safety threats, both foreign and domestic. The CDC increases the health security of our nation.
Please take a minute to visit their website CDC 24-7 and read their featured article on “Preventing Youth Violence”. As stated on their website, the general term “youth violence” is used when describing youth between the ages of 10 and 24 years who intentionally use physical force or power to threaten or harm other people. This includes fights, bullying, threats with weapons and gang-related violence.
Youth violence jeopardizes the future strength and growth of all our communities. It harms the physical, mental, and economic health of all residents. The negative impact of youth violence is felt by families, schools, emergency departments, and entire neighborhoods. Community leaders and members, public health professionals, families, adults who work with youth, and young people can take steps today to stop youth violence before it starts:
- Community leaders and members can take steps, such as enhancing the skills of young people and using evidence-based prevention strategies.
- Public health professionals can strengthen their community’s ability to understand and prevent youth violence through sharing information, using data, and continuing research.
- Families and other adults who work with youth can be nonviolent role models, closely monitor youth’s activities, and seek out help when needed.
- Youth can make safe choices and help others be violence free.
Everyone can play an important role in stopping youth violence before it starts! Download a copy of the CDC’s “Preventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action” and its companion guide, “Taking Action to Prevent Youth Violence”, which provide information and action steps for communities to be part of the the solution. All too often, we are reading the tragic reports in our newspapers pertaining to youth violence across our country … let’s take action and learn what all of us can do to help our neighborhoods and communities!