Youth Violence Prevention

What We Do

The YVP Funder Collaborative takes a public health approach to addressing youth violence and focuses on ensuring adequate funding support for five communities in Boston: South End/Lower Roxbury, Dudley Square, Grove Hall, Bowdoin/Geneva, & Morton/Norfolk Streets.

Tackling these complex issues requires that private funders, public funders, and leaders whose work touches the lives of youth all work in unison to foster career pathways for young people. By participating in the Collaborative, members learn, share, and take action to advance career pathways for youth. The Collaborative works to:

  • Connect private funders, public funders, and content experts (from direct service, community, academia, and other organizations) in cross-sector dialogue
  • Inform, align, and increase funding resources for prevention of youth violence in Boston
  • Support and connect members in efforts to increase program quality and capacity system-wide
  • Promote understanding around common frameworks for youth program and service delivery
  • Raise public awareness around the issue of youth violence and the need for effective solutions

The YVP Funder Collaborative produced the Career Pathways Framework, an approach to support comprehensive resource development and program capacity building for youth living in neighborhoods with violent crime. Collaborative leadership and contributing experts outlined common language, definitions, practices, measures, and outcomes to create the framework.

Meaningful Employment

The Collaborative organizes the Meaningful Youth Employment Initiative, a philanthropic campaign to support disconnected youth ages 14-24 in neighborhoods with high levels of violence. Click here to download the 2016 Meaningful Youth Employment Initiative Guide for funders looking to invest in meaningful employment for Boston’s youth.

Working with partners, the Collaborative spearheaded a series of mentoring and trauma awareness capacity-building trainings as well as a survey to inform program design. The 2015 trainings engaged 181 job supervisors and 120 junior program staff representing 73 community-based organizations to improve the quality of the summer employment experience for young people in Boston. The 2015 Common Youth Survey received over 2000 responses from youth, providing deeper insight into young people's summer employment experience.

Trauma-Informed Approaches and Socio-Emotional Health

Promoting trauma-informed approaches and principles is a core part of the Collaborative’s work.

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