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 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.
This Strategic Plan provides a conceptual framework for the Forum. Its scope is narrowly defined—the Plan is not intended to govern all activities that relate to youth violence, nor does it set out a comprehensive list of all activities governed by the Forum. Instead, it identifies the key principles and goals that will guide its future direction. More detailed information on federal strategies, objectives, and tasks is included in a separate document, the Forum’s Action Plan. Additional information on local activities can be found in the individual plans of each participating locality, on the Forum’s website at Spotlight on Forum Communities.
In order to be successful, Forum members at the federal, state, and local levels, both inside and outside government, will need to work together. If we remain committed to reaching across sectors, pushing outside comfort zones, and planning for long-term success, we will ensure a brighter, safer future for our nation’s children.