State Senator Mattie Hunter recognized Youth Violence Prevention Week on the floor of the Illinois Senate on Wednesday.  The campaign, a movement to help end violence amongst our youth, is an annual time of reflection and learning designed to educate youth and adults to use tolerance, respect and conflict management to reduce violence.

In her comments, Senator Hunter discussed the importance of Youth Violence Prevention and asked her colleagues to take a stand against youth violence in their hometowns and neighborhoods.

Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control is helping lead the way with the STRYVE initiative, a central on-line source for information on how to reduce youth violence through education and prevention.

In Illinois, the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority, a state agency tasked with helping to prevent violence and chaired by the Illinois Attorney General and the Director of Public Health, works to find “a comprehensive, collaborative public health and public safety approach to violence prevention”.

For more information, click here for a National Youth Violence Prevention Week Action Kit, distributed by the National Youth Violence Prevention Campaign.

Click here to hear Senator Hunter's comments from the floor of the Illinois Senate {mp3}HunterYouthViolencePrevention{/mp3}

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