Minneapolis kicks off Youth Violence Prevention Week

11:45 PM, Mar 17, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Tomorrow Minneapolis kicks off its 4th annual Youth Violence Prevention Week.

Organizers urge schools and other agencies to use the week to identify strategies to combat youth violence.

Youth violence is the second leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 and 24, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The City of Minneapolis, in collaboration with PeaceMaker Minnesota, Minneapolis Public Schools, and Minneapolis Youth Congress is urging the public and local agencies of all types to participate in Minneapolis Youth Violence Prevention Week. The week's activities, include:

• Agencies that work with youth can use a special youth violence prevention toolkit to incorporate activities in their programs that will help create a safer city for young people

• Anyone can nominate a Minneapolis student or teacher for the Minneapolis PeaceMakerAward. This award is an opportunity to recognize people who are making a difference in Minneapolis to address youth violence and foster community peace. Winners will receive an award and cash prizes ranging from $250 to $1000 for their school.

For more information about Youth Violence Prevention Week, click here.

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