Youth Violence Prevention Experts Convene in Texas to Promote Stronger Families and Safer Communities

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The Blueprints conference will motivate the violence prevention field to adopt evidence-based programs and provide support, guidance and tools to help practitioners implement these programs successfully in their own communities.

On April 11-13, pioneers in the juvenile justice field will come together in San Antonio, Texas for the 2012 Blueprints for Violence Prevention Conference. The group will address youth violence issues and will explore ways of expanding the highly-effective, evidence-based programs for youth and their families. Nearly 1,000 professionals are expected to attend with more than 50 experts presenting on various topics in the juvenile justice industry.

“The opportunity to bring everyone together couldn’t have come at a better time and Texas is the perfect place to hold our event considering everything the state is doing to try and better their services for youth,” says Sharon Mihalic, director of the Blueprints for Violence Prevention project at the University of Colorado and conference organizer. “During a time when we are locking up more people than ever before and Congress is taking a long hard look at recidivism and corrections spending, it’s time for state and local agencies to invest taxpayer dollars into programs that work for our young people; programs that are backed by years of research and positive outcomes.”

The 2012 Blueprints will motivate the violence prevention field to adopt programs that produce effective results for our country’s youth. Presenters will provide guidance and tools to help participants implement these programs successfully in their own communities. Attendees will hear from seasoned practitioners in the field and be given the opportunity to network with others in the industry.

Keynote speakers include:

Bryan Samuels, commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families at the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services;

Del Elliott, founder of the Blueprints project and director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado;

Dean Fixen, senior scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and

John-Michael Keyes, executive director of the "I Love You Guys" Foundation.

Anyone interested in, or responsible for, violence and drug prevention efforts and serving at-risk youth should consider attending this event. Attendees include youth and community advocates, state and local government officials, leaders in criminal justice systems and program implementers. Pre-conference registration fees are $150 per person and main conference registration fees are $350. A full description of the event and registration information can be viewed on the conference website at http://www.blueprintsconference.com.

About Blueprints for Violence Prevention
Blueprints for Violence Prevention is a project through the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado in Boulder. The mission of Blueprints for Violence Prevention is to identify outstanding violence and drug prevention programs for youth and families that meet a high-scientific standard of effectiveness. Blueprints serves as a resource for governments, foundations, businesses, and other organizations trying to make informed judgments about their investments in violence and drug prevention programs.

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