The Worcester Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (WYVPI) is the City's response to address youth violence comprehensively, holistically and collectively. WYVPI is the result of a comprehensive gang and youth violence assessment and citywide strategic planning process that engaged hundreds of youth, adult residents and other stakeholders from fall 2013 through spring 2015.
To reduce youth violence in the City of Worcester by eliminating structural racism and promoting trust, safety, healing and opportunities for Worcester's most under-resourced youth and families. This will be achieved through policy and system change that ensures equitable distribution of resources and opportunities, collaboration that breaks institutional and organizational siloes and transparency of process and outcomes through consistent information sharing.
Worcester will be a place where all of its young people regardless of age, race, ethnicity, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, housing situation, family status or religion feel safe, secure, respected and live a life free from violence. Barriers to resources and opportunities will be eliminated, generational cycles of violence will be broken and youth and families will heal and be free of trauma.
The work of the Worcester Youth Violence Prevention Initiative is organized into three priority areas:
The Initiative established a robust organizational structure with a Governance Committee, Working Groups, a Planning Team and an Accountability Committee consisting of residents of all ages who have experienced community violence. This organizational structure facilitates information sharing and communication, collective data review, cross-sector training and policy change. The Working Groups have generated new resources to implement needed strategies.