Representatives Head to VA for National Summit on Youth Violence Prevention
2015-05-12 · By Editor
The City of Long Beach is participating in the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) National Summit (Summit) on Youth Violence Prevention alongside 15 select cities across the nation. The Summit is designed to encourage cities to share ideas and best practices for youth violence prevention and community building with DOJ officials and representatives from various state agencies.
“Our city is proud to be part of this important effort to prevent violence and support our young people,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We’re working to strengthen our communities with our Violence Prevention Plan, internship programs, and the help of countless community partners, and we’re grateful to have the cooperation and support of the Department of Justice.”
Last year, the City of Long Beach was one of five cities selected to join the DOJ National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention (Forum). This national designation enabled the City to present its Violence Prevention Plan, called Safe Long Beach, at the Summit; and also apply for federal grant awards to implement Safe Long Beach, which is a component of the President’s My Brother’s Keeper initative.
The Summit will provide opportunities for collaboration among federal agencies, and offer technical assistance and support to further the goals and objectives of the President’s My Brother’s Keeper initative. Safe Long Beach, and the City’s anti-truancy programs are aligned with My Brother’s Keeper.
My Brother’s Keeper, also known as MBK, was established in February 2014 by President Obama to help close the opportunity gaps faced by America’s young people. The President subsequently issued an MBK Community Challenge encouraging communities to implement a cradle-to-college-and-career strategy, Long Beach rose to the challenge and held a summit in March 2015 to address the needs and priorities of Long Beach youth.
Safe Long Beach addresses a broad safety agenda aimed at reducing all forms of violence, including domestic abuse, child abuse, elder abuse, hate crimes, bullying, gang violence, and violent crime. The plan draws upon the City’s many existing assets to target violence at its root and attain its goal of building a safer Long Beach by 2020.
Two Long Beach youth representatives will join City officials for the three-day Forum, which began on Monday, May 11, in Arlington, VA. Long Beach officials will present Safe Long Beach on Tuesday, May 12.