Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) Applications Open Now!

As part of the STLVPC/YVPP Safe and Thriving STL grant, we are partnering with the MU- Extension and Northside Community Housing.  The first cohort of the YEP (Youth Empowerment Program) is for youth in the Promise Zone to acquire awareness, training and engagement as community leaders; to recognize critical needs and issues; to learn how to develop and implement plans to address those needs and issues through policy; and to acquire the skills and support to improve their well-being and resiliency.  For more information, click here. Youth can apply here. The deadline for applications is November 22, 2019.

Here at St. Louis Area Violence Prevention Commission, we work to reduce violent crime in the region by promoting and advocating for coordinated, well-resourced policies, support systems, and interventions among area governments, institutions and agencies that serve individuals and families most at risk of violent crime. We are a regional, cross-sector collaboration.

Role: To align, convene, communicate and connect the organizations addressing Gun Violence Prevention and Reduction.

Goal: A reduction in gun related crimes, injuries, and deaths throughout the St. Louis Region focusing on high-risk youth.​

Vision: VPC envisions a St. Louis region where communities enjoy quiet nights and the sounds of children playing during the days. A St. Louis that is a safe and desirable destination for businesses and residents. A St. Louis in which all community members feel protected and served by law enforcement and empowered to have a voice in important regional issues.

Our Objectives

  • Improve community level response to nonfatal shooting

  • Advance trauma-informed and evidence-based violence prevention practices in community, systems, and service delivery

  • Activate communities to strengthen police legitimacy

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