Youth Against Violence - Lake County
Youth Against Violence - Lake County is a public education campaign to increase public health, influence peer behavior, change policy and engage adults in dialogue regarding violence prevention in Illinois. We are dedicated to reducing violence through educational workshops, youth projects, and community awareness. By influencing values and attitudes, Youth Against Violence strives to guide children toward a future that is free of the fear and pain caused by violence. To read more about the violence Lake County faces, click here.
Our programs offer:
- Community organizing
- Coalition-building efforts to partner with youth service agencies in communities throughout Lake County
- Classroom-based Violence Prevention Workshops
Our goals are to reduce the present and future dangers of violence in Lake County, to increase community involvement in the fight against all forms of violence,
and to empower youth to improve the quality of their lives
and lead the way to a safer future.
Classroom Curriculum: Our nine week violence prevention/life skills curriculum is geared towards children in 3rd and 4th grade. Schools and other organizations are welcome to choose all of the following sessions or only those sessions that meet the needs of the children participating.
Other programs for 7th - 12th graders include:
- Suicide prevention: Three interactive classroom sessions concerning the warning signs of suicide and teen depression, where to go if help is needed, and what to do if a friend seems suicidal.
- Girls' empowerment series: A four part series appropriate for girls aged 9-15.
- Project Visible Man: A series of open and honest dialogues helping young men of color address developmental needs.
- Sessions in both English and Spanish
For a downloadable brochure, please click here.