National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention Training and Technical Assistance Project

The National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention is a network of communities and federal agencies that work together, share information, and build local capacity to prevent and reduce youth violence. Established at the direction of President Obama in 2010, the Forum brings together people from diverse professions and perspectives to learn from each other about the crisis of youth and gang violence in the United States, and to build comprehensive solutions on the local and national levels


Participating federal agencies include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Labor, and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Through a cooperative agreement with OJJDP, DSG is providing training and technical assistance (TTA) to support the 10 Forum cities to implement three key principles: 1) multidisciplinary partnerships; 2) balanced and coordinated prevention, intervention, enforcement, and reentry strategies; and 3) data and evidence-driven strategies. DSG is mobilizing experts to provide customized, effective, and cost-effective TTA; facilitating peer-to-peer training and communication between and among sites; providing data-driven and evidence-based strategies and practices; and facilitating a national conversation on youth and gang violence. TTA mechanisms include providing on- and off-site TTA, peer-to-peer TA, Webinars, monthly newsletters, and tools and resources. DSG also coordinates the annual National Summit.

The monthly National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention Newsletter features articles related to youth violence—specifically, prevention, intervention, law enforcement, and reentry—as well as news and updates on Forum, CBVP, and Defending Childhood sites; local and national events; grants; and other helpful resources.


For More Information About the Youth Violence Prevention Program

Contact DSG President Marcia Cohen at 301.951.0056 or