Violence Prevention - Mission Critical

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    Youth Safety and Violence Prevention participants learn
    how to resolve conflicts and heal wounds through peace circles.
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    In addition to peace and healing circles, YSVP
    youth also participate in regular one-on-one meetings,
    sports and arts activities.



Research shows that youth who are traumatized by violence are far more likely to become perpetrators of violence themselves. To break the cycle, kids like Anderson need caring adults who can teach them how to resolve conflicts peacefully and how to find value in themselves and hope for the future.

In 2013, the YMCA of Metro Chicago took the important step of adding violence prevention to our mission statement. Thanks to a generous grant by Allstate Insurance, the YSVP initiative is on the front lines in Chicago’s most at-risk communities.