In 2015 the Health Education Council launched the Sacramento Minority Youth Violence Prevention (SMYVP) Initiative. This initiative, supported by funding from the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health, in partnership with the Department of Justice, is aimed at addressing violence as a public health issue and integrating public health and local community policing efforts in a coordinated violence prevention approach. The goals of SMYVP are to:
- Increase linkages between local efforts to address youth violence, particularly as it relates to minority male youth, and increase coordination of services and resources through a multi-sector collaborative.
- Link community policing practices, trauma informed care learning, and compromised brain development theory with Sacramento City Unified School District’s Men’s Leadership Academy (MLA), a school-based youth leadership program for minority male youth;
Key partners in SMYVP also include the Sacramento City Unified School District, Sacramento Police Department, , Sacramento County Public Health, Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento, WellSpace Health, Sierra Health Foundation, and The Boys and Men of Color Collaborative.
To learn more about the SMYVP Collective and how it could serve your programs, click here.