The Gang and Violence Prevention Program is a new initiative developed by the Youth Bureau and a collaborative partnership with Northwest Buffalo Community Center, aimed at educating at-risk youth about the dangers of gangs and how to avoid youth violence. This program is the first direct-service program being offered by the Youth Bureau. It is a youth led, youth driven initiative. Interested youth will apply to become participants and those youth who are selected will manage every aspect of the program including its development, planning process, implementation and evaluation. They will first design the program—what is its message and how will they spread this message to their peers—then they will go out into the Youth Bureau’s funded agencies and deliver this message to other at-risk youth.
In addition to developing the program, the youth involved will partake in various activities, including group retreats, where they will learn more about each other and gang violence. They will attend trainings delivered by professionals who deal with gang violence and related subjects. Youth will be taught how to develop their program and how to teach others about what they have learned.
Upon completion of the program, our youth leaders will:
- have the ability to collaboratively work in a team setting to achieve a common goal
- have planned and implemented a Results Based Accountable program
- developed the capacity to speak in public to small audiences
- come out as leaders with the confidence and ability to achieve their goals in any future endeavors
For additional information or for any youth who are interested in becoming a part of this exciting community service learning project, please contact the Youth Bureau directly at (716) 923-4051, Racheal Tarapacki, Director.