The purpose of this announcement is to fund Youth Violence Prevention Centers (YVPCs) to advance the science and practice of youth violence prevention and to reduce youth violence in one or more geographically defined, high-burden communities by implementing and evaluating a community- or policy-level prevention strategy or combination of such strategies.
The YVPCs are academic centers that are expected to engagein reciprocally beneficial collaborations among researchers and non-governmental and governmental organizations (including the local health department) and one or more defined high-burden communities, with the common goal of reducing youth interpersonal violence.
A YVPC supported under this announcement must include 2 core features:
1) an administrative infrastructure to support implementation, evaluation, and dissemination activities; to foster necessary local collaborations to achieve research and program goals; and to work with other funded YVPCs as part of the Youth Violence Prevention Center Network
2) integrated implementation and evaluation activities of a community- or policy-level approach to preventing youth violence in a high-burden community or set of communities.