NEW ORLEANS – Today, the New Orleans Health Department and partners hosted the fourth annual Youth Violence Prevention Summit at the Andrew P. Sanchez & Copelin-Byrd Multi-Purpose Center at 1616 Caffin Ave in New Orleans, as a part of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s comprehensive murder reduction strategy, NOLA FOR LIFE. This event brought together youth, service providers, city officials, community members and organizations to engage in meaningful dialogue and participate in topics related to violence prevention.
“Violence is preventable, not inevitable. I commend the work of our Health Department and dedicated partners in treating violence as a public health issue and ensuring that prevention is a part of the NOLA FOR LIFE strategy to end the epidemic of murders in New Orleans,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “Today’s fourth Annual Youth Violence Prevention Summit demonstrated our continued commitment to uplifting our young people. “ By standing with our youth as a community, we can stop violence from happening before it occurs.”
This theme of this year’s summit was, “Increasing Protective Factors: The Journey to Self-Actualization,” focused on examining ways to boost protective factors, such as connection to a caring adult, that serve as a buffer against violence for young people. Attendees—which included over 80 students from Success Preparatory Academy and Dr. King Charter School—reflected on the current state of violence in New Orleans; shared tools, strategies, and resources to prevent violence; and developed action steps for the future. The Summit concluded with a pledge to be “ambassadors of peace” and commitment to help stop violence by supporting young people in their journey to self-actualization.
In addition to the Health Department, a number of community organizations participated in planning and organizing this year’s Summit:
- American Friends Service Committee
- Black Alliance for Educational Options
- Black Men Rising Movement
- Center for Restorative Approaches
- Choice Neighborhoods New Orleans
- Communities In Schools – Greater New Orleans
- Equity in All Places
- Friends and Families of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children
- Louisiana Public Health Institute
- National Child and Family Services
- New Orleans Recreation Development Commission
- Peace by Piece
- Up2Us Sports
- Urban Strategies
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About the New Orleans Health Department
The mission of the nationally accredited New Orleans Health Department (NOHD) is to protect, promote, and ensure the health of all who live in New Orleans. NOHD aims to build a healthy New Orleans through equitable social and environmental conditions and through policies, programs and partnerships that promote health. Learn more at www.nola.gov/health.
About NOLA FOR LIFE
Launched in May 2012, NOLA FOR LIFE is New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's comprehensive strategy to tackle the city's historically high murder rate. Recognizing that law enforcement alone cannot solve the murder problem, NOLA FOR LIFE takes a holistic approach to get to the root of the problem and implements initiatives in five main categories: Stop the Shooting, Invest in Prevention, Promote Jobs and Opportunity, Strengthen the NOPD and Get Involved and Rebuild Neighborhoods. In the four years since NOLA FOR LIFE launched, there have been 86 fewer murders and an 18% lower murder rate than in the four years prior to NOLA FOR LIFE. In 2011, 55 percent of New Orleans murders were gang or group related, while that number has been cut in half today. For more information, visit www.nolaforlife.org and tune in to NOLA FOR LIFE original programming 24/7 on Cox Cable Channel 99.
In June 2016, the City of New Orleans released the NOLA FOR LIFE 2016 Four-Year Progress Report, which details why certain initiatives were selected, who they are reaching and the results they have produced. View the Progress Report: http://nolaforlife.org/files/nolaforlife_progressreport_2016_long_070816-web/