At the direction of President Obama, the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention (the Forum) was established to build a national conversation concerning youth and gang violence that would increase awareness, drive action, and build local capacity to more effectively address youth violence through comprehensive planning. The Forum models a new kind of federal/local collaboration, encouraging its members to change the way they do business by sharing common challenges and promising strategies, and through coordinated action.
The Forum convenes a diverse array of stakeholders at the federal, state, and local levels. Participating federal agencies include the Departments of Justice, Education, Health and Human Services (particularly the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Housing and Urban Development, Labor, the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Participating localities include Boston, Camden, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Salinas, San Jose, Long Beach, Cleveland, Louisville, Seattle, and Baltimore. Other participants include faith- and community-based organizations, youth and family groups, as well as business and philanthropic leaders. Additional information on local activities can be found in the individual plans of each participating locality.