Gun Violence Resource Hub

School-Based Youth Development Programs
Type of Strategy:
Gun violence prevention area(s):
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Youth development program approaches may vary, but typically include a structured curriculum with skill-building activities delivered during school time or by community organizations out of school time to middle or high school-aged students. Curricula are designed to address attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors related to the use of violence. Some curricula target youth with known gang involvement or a history of gun-related criminal activity. Some programs include components for adult caregivers. Youth development programs are the most effective when they are tailored to the needs and priorities of the audience.

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Primary implementing agency:
  • Community Organizations
Potential partnering agencies:
  • Schools
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PSN Pillars

Community Engagement
Prevention and Intervention
  • Types of Strategy

  • Types of Gun Violence