It's Time to Start Planning for the 2009 National Youth Violence Prevention Week Campaign

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Time to Start Planning for the 2009 National Youth Violence Prevention Week Campaign. K-12 schools and youth organizational across the country celebrate a week each Spring to create awareness and teach safety to students as a violence prevention tool. This year the campaign is scheduled for march 23-27th. It;s time to start planning now by visiting http://www.NYVPW.com

During the week of March 23th through March 27, 2009, people from all over the country will unite in a unique educational and awareness event focusing on effective ways to prevent and reduce youth violence. Students, educators, counselors, law enforcement officers, social workers, service organizations, faith-based groups, parents, and the public will participate in various activities to demonstrate the positive role young people can have in making their schools and communities safer.

With the support of several national premier youth-serving organizations, each day of the week will focus on a specific violence prevention strategy. These include promoting respect and tolerance, anger management, resolving conflicts peacefully, supporting safety, and uniting in action. "Strategy Sponsors," including Teaching Tolerance, American School Counselor Association, Association For Conflict Resolution, National Youth Court Center, and Youth Service America, will offer activities and information to support each day's focus through the campaign website, http://www.NYVPW.org.

The campaign is also striving to unite communities in their efforts to address youth violence by encouraging participating schools to host in-school violence prevention conferences on the campaign's "Unite In Action Day" scheduled for Friday, March 27th. In addition to offering workshops on various prevention strategies and recognizing local efforts by those who are effectively working to reduce youth violence, these conferences are intended to provide an opportunity to establish local community roundtables that will develop action plans to reduce youth violence throughout the year.

To further encourage community-wide participation in the event, campaign founders National S.A.V.E. (Students Against Violence Everywhere) and The Guidance-Group.com., have recruited a number "Sector Sponsors" who will bring their unique expertise to the campaign. These groups are providing leadership to various community sectors, such as social service agencies, service organizations, and the media. The growing list of Sector Sponsors include the National Association Of Student Councils, National Education Association's Health Information Network, National Association Of Social Workers, National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officers, Join Together, United Religions Initiative, and YouthNOISE.

The award-winning campaign website at http://www.NYVPW.org, serves as the crossroads for all those involved in the event. There you'll find links to all of the sponsors' websites, message boards for networking, e-cards to promote the event, and contact information for spokespersons. The site also provides everything needed to prepare for the event, including the official campaign Action Kit that serves as a step-by-step planning guide, suggestions for how each sector of the community can support the campaign, and access to the campaign newsletter to keep updated on campaign events around the country.

Another resource is the campaign brochure which features even more activity ideas, as well as engaging educational games and activity books that can be used to teach violence prevention during the event and throughout the year. The brochure also offers t-shirts, ribbons, bookmarks, pencils, and other celebration items to inspire participants and reinforce the concepts promoted through the campaign. To request a free copy of At-Risk Resources, write to The Guidance-Group, 303 Crossways Park Drive, Woodbury, NY 11797 or visit the campaign website, http://www.NYVPW.org.

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