The National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere (S.A.V.E.) and The Guidance Channel are proud to be founding partners of the National Youth Violence Prevention Campaign. The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness and to educate students, teachers, school administrators, counselors, school resource officers, school staff, parents, and the public on effective ways to prevent or reduce youth violence.
During this week-long national education initiative, various activities will demonstrate the positive role young people can have in making their schools and communities safer. With the support of several national premier youth-serving organizations, each day of the week will focus on a specific violence prevention strategy. These include promoting respect and tolerance, anger management, resolving conflicts peacefully, supporting safety, and uniting in action. Campaign "Strategy Sponsors," including the Teaching Tolerance, American School Counselor Association, Association For Conflict Resolution, and Youth Service America will offer activities, information, and spokespersons to support each day's focus through this website, www.ViolencePreventionWeek.org.
The campaign is also striving to unite communities in their efforts to address youth violence by encouraging participating schools to host in-school violence prevention conferences on Friday, April 2nd. In addition to offering workshops on various prevention strategies and recognizing local efforts by those who are effectively working to reduce youth violence, these conferences are intended to provide an opportunity to establish local community roundtables that will develop action plans to reduce youth violence throughout the year. Such roundtables, which bring together each sector of the community, are the inspiration for the campaign slogan, "Building Safer Communities... Peace By Peace!"
To further encourage community-wide participation in the event, campaign
founders National S.A.V.E. (Students Against Violence Everywhere) and The
Guidance Channel, have recruited a number "Sector Sponsors" who will bring their
unique expertise to the campaign. These groups are providing leadership to
various community sectors represented on our community wheel, such as social service agencies, service organizations, and the media. The
growing list of Sector Sponsors include the National Association Of Student
Councils, National Education Association's Health Information Network, National Association Of Social
Workers, National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officers, Join Together, United Religions Initiative, and YouthNOISE.
Within this Action Kit, you will find the tools you need to coordinate and promote this important initiative. We hope that you will use the information provided here as a general guideline for planning, then tailor it to your unique needs and resources of your school and community.
It is our pleasure to invite you to join this nationwide effort to show that our youth and our communities are committed to being violence-free!
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