Friday, April 08, 2005

NATIONAL YOUTH VIOLENCE PREVENTION WEEK

Preventing violence among teens and children This week is National Youth Violence Prevention Week, sponsored by the Association for Conflict Resolution. The goal of this “web-based initiative” is “educat[ing] students, teachers, school administrators, counselors, school resource officers, school staff, parents and the public on ways to reduce and prevent youth violence."

Each day of the initiative focuses upon a different topic: Day One addresses respect and tolerance; Day Two, anger management; Day Three, the use of peaceful means to resolve conflict; Day Four, safety concerns; and Day Five, unity.

Although this initiative takes place this week, educators, students, parents, and communities can continue to work together the remaining 51 weeks out of the year to further the goals of National Youth Violence Prevention Week. Its web site provides plenty of inspiration and ideas.

For more information, or to find out what you can do to address violence among children and teens, please visit ViolencePreventionWeek.org.