Camden, N.J., Minneapolis, New Orleans, and Philadelphia will join a White House initiative to prevent youth violence. The National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, now including 10 cities, “bring(s) together community and faith-based organizations, law enforcement, public health professionals as well as business and philanthropic leaders to work together toward a common goal: stopping youth and gang violence,” said Attorney General Eric Holder.
The 10 cities will participate in a working session this fall and highlight their strategies to address youth violence at a national summit in Washington, D.C., next spring. The new cities were selected through a competitive application process. The six original cities are Boston; Chicago; Detroit; Memphis, Tenn.; Salinas, Ca.; and San Jose, Ca. The forum's federal partners include the Departments of Justice, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development and Labor; the Corporation for National and Community Service; and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. The cities have leveraged new partnerships with foundations and private corporations to prevent youth violence and have initiated programs for youth and families in their communities. Retail company Target awarded $10,000 to the six forum sites to hire a youth director in each community.