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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative issues first progress report
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
11/22/2011  11:30:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Mariko Lockhart, (206)233-7915
Lois Maag  (206) 615-0950


Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative issues first progress report
Youth violence trending down

The City of Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative has published its first progress report to the community. The report is a comprehensive document covering the Initiative’s first two years of implementation. Included in the report is a description of the multiple strategies employed to prevent and reduce youth violence, stories of young people impacted by the Initiative, and the documented trends in the measures used to assess its progress. Initial results show juvenile court referrals for violent offenses and violence-related school disciplinary actions in select middle schools on a sharper downward trend than areas not being addressed by the Initiative.

The Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI) was established in 2009 to focus on youth most at risk of perpetuating or being a victim of violence. It focuses on the three neighborhoods where youth violence is highest - Southeast, Southwest and Central Seattle - incorporating evidenced-based strategies along with home-grown, community-created programs. While Seattle has experienced some of the lowest overall crime rates in years, the number of juvenile violent crime incidents continues to be a critical community issue. For more information, visit www.youthinitiative.seattle.gov.

The report can be accessed by visiting here. Hard copies are available after December 1, 2011 at the following locations:

Central Area
Therapeutic Health Services
1901 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S.

Garfield Teen Life Center*
428 23rd Avenue

Garfield Community Center*
2323 East Cherry St

Metrocenter YMCA
909 Fourth Avenue

Southeast
Boys & Girls Club of King County Smilow Clubhouse & Teen Center at Rainier Vista
4520 MLK Jr. Way S

Rainier Community Center*
4600 38th Avenue

Southwest
Southwest Youth & Family Services
4555 Delridge Way SW

Southwest Teen Life Center*
2801 SW Thistle Street

Downtown
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 Fifth Avenue (between Columbia & Cherry)
Suite 1700

*Seattle Parks and Recreation sites

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Department of Neighborhoods

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