Combating Youth Violence: Concrete Solutions for New York City

Youth violence has declined sharply over two decades–more than 70 percent in New York State, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Yet in some neighborhoods there are now increasing reports of gang activity and violence. Tensions and distrust remain high between law enforcement officials and community members – especially young people. Leaders in other cities have shown that youth, communities, and law enforcement can work together for successful solutions. Can we follow that path in New York? What strategies are already working, and how can we make them stronger?

Remarks from:

Followed by a conversation with:

  • Reean Charles, Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (Y.O.S.O.S.)
  • Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member, District 8, New York City Council
  • Iesha Sekou, Executive Director, Street Corner Resources

Moderated by:


This event and the Center’s research about youth and families is made possible by the generous support of the Sirus Fund, the Milano Foundation, the Pinkerton Foundation, the Child Welfare Fund, the Viola W. Bernard Foundation and the Ira W. DeCamp Foundation.

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