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Youth Violence Prevention

The Seattle Human Services Department is working with several other City of Seattle departments on the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI), a community-based, multi-agency strategy to address youth violence in Seattle. The Initiative focuses on youth ages 12 17, who are at the highest risk of perpetuating or being victimized by violence. SYVPI services and efforts are coordinated through three neighborhood networks in central, southeast and southwest Seattle where indicators of future violent behaviors, such as discipline rates in schools, are the highest. Specifically, the Initiative:

  • Assists youth with repeat offenses to re-enter society from state or county detention programs;
  • Provides alternatives for youth who are detained or arrested for crimes, but released because they dont meet the admission criteria for county detention;
  • Helps middle-school truants and students at risk of suspension stay in school and succeed; and
  • Prevents victims of violence and associates from continuing the cycle of violence through retaliation.

The goals of the Initiative are to achieve a 50% reduction in certain court referrals of juveniles and a 50% reduction in suspensions and expulsions from selected middle schools due to violence related incidents.

For more information on the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, please go to http://safeyouthseattle.org.


Human Services Department Programs

The Human Services Department manages SYVPI-funded contracts with community-based providers for case management, mentoring, Aggression Replacement Training (ART) and employment services.

SYVPI Case Management

SYVPI Mentoring

SYVPI Aggression Replacement Training

SYVPI Youth Employment


More Information

For more information about the SYVPI-funded agencies and other Seattle Human Services Department-funded youth programs, please call 206-386-1017 or e-mail youthservices@seattle.gov.

Seattle Human Services Department
Street address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5800, Seattle, WA 98104
Mailing address: PO Box 34215, Seattle, WA 98124-4215

Phone: 206-386-1001
Fax: 206-233-5119
TTY/TTD: 206-233-2778

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