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1 Minneapolis Blueprint For Action to Prevent Youth Violence Mayor R.T Rybak Commissioner of Health Gretchen Musicant

2 Overview of Minneapolis, Minnesota Rich History and Geography Independent and Coordinated Jurisdictional Structure Ethnically Diverse High Quality of Life Many Disparities Health Employment Education

3 Background on Blueprint for Action From Homicide was the leading cause of death for Minneapolis residents15-24– comprising nearly ½ the deaths (N=80) During that same time youth fire arm related injuries and juvenile violent crime increased as well. Need for a new approach to addressing youth violence

4 Developing the Blueprint for Action In 2006 the City Council adopted a resolution declaring youth violence a public health issue A steering committee was formed to develop a multiyear, multi-sector plan to prevent youth violence The effort was chaired by the Mayor and leaders from 2 local foundations Community members and youth were engaged in developing solutions Best and promising practices were researched and evaluated Plan was developed with 4 goals and 34 recommendations

5 Blueprint for Action to Prevent Youth Violence Goal 1: Every young person in Minneapolis is supported by at least one trusted adult in their family or their community

6 2. Intervene at the first sign that youth and families are at risk for or involved in violence Blueprint for Action to Prevent Youth Violence

7 3. Do not give up on our kids; work to restore and get them back on track Blueprint for Action to Prevent Youth Violence

8 4. Recognize that violence is learned and can be unlearned by reducing the impact of violent messages in our media, culture and entertainment Blueprint for Action to Prevent Youth Violence

9 Blueprint Implementation 17 member Executive Committee appointed to oversee implementation Youth Violence Prevention Coordinator position created Work groups charged with implementation of recommendations

10 Making Progress through Partnerships School Resource Officers: Close coordination with police juvenile unit and the School Resource Officers Speak Up: Collaboration with Minneapolis Public Schools on an anonymous tip line MYVIP: Hospital protocol to reach out to youth victims of violence Street Reach: Utilization of parks staff for outreach to youth North 4 Program: Collaboration with city employment and training and a community based organization to engage and employ gang affiliated youth Summer 612 Media Campaign: Foundation funding of Summer 612 – a youth driven effort to counter the culture of violence

11 Measuring Impact & Signs of Progress Annual city-wide results accountability process initiated (Results Minneapolis) 24 indicators identified around 4 goals 59% reduction in juvenile violent crime 66% reduction in incidents involving guns and juveniles 39% reduction in firearm related injuries in Minneapolis youth and young adults 57% increase in number of youth in STEP-UP and other city jobs programs Significant drop in teen pregnancy rate

12 Key Challenges & Opportunities Sustainability and institutionalization Continued community engagement Building partnerships across jurisdictions

13 New Directions with National Forum Lessons learned from other cities strategic planning processes Aligning our work and strategies with other federal programs and policy initiatives Engaging new sectors (i.e. housing, business, etc.) Business and philanthropic engagement

14 For more information Minneapolis Blueprint for Action to Prevent Youth Violence


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