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STRYVE Action Council

The STRYVE Action Council is a multidisciplinary consortium of organizations collaborating across sectors and systems to build safe, healthy, inclusive, and equitable communities that allow youth from every background to thrive. Members of the STRYVE Action Council represent a variety of sectors, including public health, education, justice, and youth service.


The STRYVE Action Council’s work includes:

  1. Increasing awareness and understanding that youth violence is a preventable public health issue
  2. Expanding the network of national, state, and local organizations that are involved in, and champions for, youth violence prevention
  3. Informing national, state and local policy that advances youth violence prevention strategies

The STRYVE Action Council was formed in 2010 to leverage the expertise, resources and influence of partners inside and outside of public health and advance our work in communities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guides and administers the STRYVE Action Council with support from the Safe States Alliance. All Action Council member organizations provide voluntary, in-kind support to the STRYVE Action Council and its activities.


Youth Violence is a Preventable Public Health Issue

Youth violence is a leading cause of death and injuries. According to the CDC, twelve young people are victims of homicide every day, and homicide is the third leading cause of death for youth aged 10-24 years. Its damage extends beyond young victims to harm the physical, mental, and economic health of all community residents.

However, evidence from research and practice shows that we can prevent youth violence and create healthier communities. Public health has a history of creating innovative solutions to address challenging problems like youth violence. However, the public health sector cannot succeed alone. Multi-sector partnerships across jurisdictions are critical to implementing the comprehensive approaches needed to prevent youth violence.


STRYVE Action Council Resources


A Comprehensive Technical Package for the Prevention of Youth Violence and Associated Risk Behaviors

This technical package, developed by CDC, represents a select group of strategies based on the best available evidence to help communities and states sharpen their focus on prevention activities with the greatest potential to prevent youth violence and its consequences. 

Applying the CDC Technical Package for the Prevention of Youth Violence:

Stories from the Field


Stories highlighting the application of strategies found in the CDC Technical Package for the Prevention of Youth Violence and Associated Risk Factors:

Engaging Partners to Prevent Youth Violence Increasing Financial
Security and Preventing Violence
Children through Early Head Start
National Violent Death Review System (NVDRS):
A Resource for Guiding Youth Suicide Prevention Efforts
Stable Housing
Creates Stable,
Safer Families


Critical Conversations on the Intersections of Structural Racism, Youth, and Community Well-being


The STRYVE Action Council, in partnership with the Safe States Alliance, presented a series of “critical conversations” with national public health experts and youth on how structural racism is impacting the health and safety of young people across the country.


Continuum of Violence Prevention

This graphic describes the continuum along which violence prevention strategies can be implemented. The further upstream that we intervene, the more likely our strategies will prevent violence in the first place


Value of Youth Violence Prevention (YVP) Success Stories

Stories that highlight the value of youth violence prevention efforts by featuring testimonials from youth that have participated in successful prevention efforts and providing evaluation results from effective initiatives and interventions:

Value of YVP: 
Preventing Youth Violence Can Build Resilience from Trauma
  Value of YVP: 
Preventing Youth Violence Promotes Economic Opportunity
Value of YVP: 
Preventing Youth
Violence Promotes


Youth Violence Prevention Policy Portal

Provides access to a variety of policy tools and resources that have been developed by STRYVE Action Council members and other organizations to help prevent youth violence.

Youth Violence Prevention Message Bank

A compendium of messages that can be disseminated through a variety of communication platforms to enhance knowledge and awareness of youth violence prevention.

Youth Violence Prevention: Public Health Successes

Describes effective programs funded by federal, state, and local agencies that have successfully prevented youth violence by utilizing public health approaches that proactively prevent violence before it occurs.

Many Voices, One Priority: Prevent Youth Violence:

Op-Ed Toolkit

Provides tips on how to craft op-eds, blogs, letters to the editor, and other articles that educate about evidence-based strategies, the benefits of preventing youth violence before it occurs, and the role of a public health approach.

STRYVE: Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (CDC)

CDC webpage describing the STRYVE national youth violence prevention initiative.

















































Members of the STRYVE Action Council



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