14 million (or one in five), children in the US are exposed to violence involving a weapon before they are 17. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, youth violence is the second-leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 24. The Urban Youth Trauma Center (UYTC) based at the University of Chicago has launched ‘If Youth Can, then I Can,’ a national youth violence prevention campaign that addresses community violence prevention and trauma-informed interventions.
UYTC is 1 of 9 organizations to receive the “Promoting Resilience” Focus Funding grant, which supports programs with the goal of promoting resilience in children who have experienced trauma by educating adults to understand the symptoms of trauma and how to promote protective factors in children so that they may lead positive lives and have bright futures.
Bright Promises is proud to take the pledge to prevent youth violence. Visit the UYTC website for more resources and to take the pledge yourself.