ERIC Number: ED426514
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Phoenix Violence Prevention Initiative, Phase II Report.
Waits, Mary Jo; Johnson, Ryan; Kornreich, Toby; Klym, Mark; Leland, Karen
In 1996, drawing from religious, educational, social services, media, neighborhoods, nonprofits, and health-providing sectors of the community, the Phoenix Violence Prevention Initiative (PVPI) was conceived. During Phase One of the initiative, the following seven points regarding prevention and prevention design strategies were assembled: (1) Violence prevention is about efforts to prevent or interrupt problems from developing into greater hardship and the need for more costly responses; (2) violence-prevention strategies are typically directed at young people and increasingly at their families and home situations; (3) prevention needs to start very early in life, perhaps as early as the first 2 or 3 years; (4) recognizing the full range of odds that have to be overcome such as childhood impulsivity, low self-esteem, incompetent parenting, and disorderly neighborhoods, effective preventative tactics will need to be intensive and multipathed, not quick and cheap; (5) the dedicated effort of all sectors of society is needed to prevent violence; (6) the track record for funding preventive measures is a "mixed picture"; and (7) the economic advantages of prevention are both persuasive and encouraging. Phase Two formulated a comprehensive violence-prevention strategy organized into five Work Groups: prenatal and early childhood, families, individual youth, neighborhoods and communities, and schools. After 4 months these Work Groups developed 13 major violence-prevention initiatives that revolve around five central themes and address violence prevention as follows: Fill the unsupervised "gap periods" for youth; strengthen youth support systems; strengthen parental support systems; guarantee "right start" services to all preschool children; and strengthen neighborhood assets and protective factors. Phase Three is the implementation plan designed to link the 13 initiatives to people and organizations who can provide further development and actualization. This book contains the action blueprint for Phase Three that is scheduled to commence in late summer 1998. Graphs and tables supplement the text by emphasizing major points of the developmental process and the Initiative itself. Includes a list of the Steering Committee, Advisory Group, and Work Group participants. (RIB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Morrison Inst. for Public Policy.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona (Phoenix)