"What Matters to You(th)" Community Forum Report
On December 7, 2011, YVSP held its second community forum, which recognized the work young people in Boston are doing in their communities, gave them a platform to express the issues they care about, and provided networking opportunities.Youth discussed violence, lack of jobs poverty, peer pressure, supports, education, and the need for collaboration.  After viewing the prelimary report, respond to the forum's themes here.

A Community-Based Systems Learning Approach to Understanding Youth Violence in Boston

An article on YVSP has been featured in a public health journal published by Johns Hopkins called Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education and Action.  The article, entitled "A Community-Based Systems Learning Approach to Understanding Youth Violence in Boston," is now available for download, as is the accompanying editorial!

Special Edition Review

This article gives an overview of the community-based process that is at the heart of YVSP. In addition, the story of the YVSP process is further told in three related articles: The YVSP Strategy Lab, The Reason Why We Haven’t Solved the Gang Violence Problem, and What We Are Learning

Connecting the Disconnected: A Survey of Youth and Young Adults in Grove Hall

This recent study was commissioned to better understand the challenges faced by disconnected youth, including unemployment, high drop-out rates, violence, and a lack of adult support.  Connecting the Disconnected is exceptional both because 1,050 youth participated in the survey and because 11 youth living in Grove Hall collaborated in the survey's design, administration and analysis.

Local Data:

The Boston Globe has compiled police records of every homicide in Boston since 2008. Each pin represents a single murder. Click on the links to see more information about each of them.

Homicides 2008                 Homicides 2009                 Homicides 2010              Homicides 2011(To Date)

Our research team has compiled a survey of academic studies, reports and other resources on youth violence from disciplines as far-ranging as sociology, criminology, public health, psychology and economics. The over 200 sources listed here are only a part of the background research conducted for this project to determine what is publicly known about youth violence and how academics are interpreting that information.


See what people have been doing to prevent youth violence in Boston, from police to academics to city officials to community members.


Here you will find links to outside resources on youth violence, such as the Surgeon General's report and national-level statistics from the Justice Department.

Too much information?

For anyone who's not interested in sifting through the full literature review, some of the more interesting parts have been compiled into a handy and concise factsheet.

Neighborhood Briefing Documents

For each neighborhood in the Project, our research team compiled a 40 page briefing document of history, maps, demographics and institutional resources.  All six documents can be found here.


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