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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 Center 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?

To address these questions the Center for New York City Affairs at The New School will present Combating Youth Violence: Concrete Solutions for New York City, on Wednesday, March 21, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., in the Theresa Lang Community & Student Center, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor.

With remarks from: David Kennedy, author of Don’t Shoot: One Man, A Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America; and director of the John Jay Center for Crime Prevention and Control; a conversation moderated by Errol Louis, host of Inside City Hall will follow with:

  • Melissa Mark-Viverito, council member, District 8, New York City Council
  • Reean Charles, organizer, Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (Y.O.S.O.S.)
  • Iesha Sekou, executive director, Street Corner Resources

This event is free, but an RSVP is required by emailing

It 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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