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OYVP offers research information and facilitates communication associated with best practices, and seeks out grant funding opportunities to supplement local resources. The goal for youth violence prevention is to prevent opportunities for violence to occur by connecting community and service providers dealing with at-risk youth and their families with the following:
OYVP works with a coordinating council to include city bureaus, Multnomah County, state and federal partners, as well as businesses, schools and the faith community, to provide consistent policy input, guidance, and advocacy to address youth violence. OYVP recognizes all rights within The Bill of Rights for the Children and Youth of the City of Portland and Multnomah County, adopted by the City in 2006.
Identification of Youth Violence
Portland’s gangs, historically located in North and inner-Northeast Portland, have branched out to outer Northeast and Southeast Portland with signs of graffiti, youth recruitment, assaults, shootings and homicides. Gangs are no longer isolated to geographic areas, as they were in the past; they are mobile across the city and metropolitan area. Gang membership ranges from ages 10 to 35, impacting the lives of males and females alike.
In 2005 a multitude of community leaders, police, gang outreach workers and policy makers were brought together to collaborate on a solution to eliminate youth gangs and associated criminal behavior from Portland. Since then, OYVP has partnered with a range of public, private and community partners to develop solutions, interventions and prevention strategies to reduce violence and crime in the area. Through best practices-based programs such as the Street Level Gang Outreach Program, Gang Impacted Family Team, and Enough is Enough, OYVP is leading the city's efforts to make Portland safer for everyone.