POL Government Special Projects Office of Youth Violence Prevention


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:

  • Prevention education;
  • Policy and community organizing support;
  • Resource identification and funding.


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.


Seeking Solutions

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.


Major crimes graph, 2006-14

2014 report outcomes for OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model Assessment

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Grant Information
Information about grants awarded by the Office of Youth Violence Prevention
Documents and Reports
Documents and reports from the Office of Youth Violence Prevention
Articles about youth and gang outreach
Community Peace Collaborative
Information about the Gang Violence Task Force
The Work of the Office of Youth Violence Prevention

Antoinette Edwards facilitating a community meeting

The Office of Youth Violence Prevention (OYVP) was created on July 17, 2006. It reflects priorities identified by City Council to build a more family-friendly city and increase public safety, and reflects the emphasis on attacking the root causes of problems in neighborhoods, rather than simply focusing on policing efforts. OYVP is staffed by a director and policy manager who coordinate resource services, administrate grant funding to private non-profit organizations, and facilitate and join community problem-solving.

Antoinette Edwards, Eldridge Broussard, Kevin Modica 

OYVP Director Antoinette Edwards presents new and interesting programming ideas to the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council Youth and Gang Violence Sub-Committee, a multi-governmental effort to combat gang violence in Portland. Pictured (center) is Eldridge Broussard III, director of the Broussard Foundation in Gresham, Ore., and author of The Challenge to Change, a 52-week guide for youth. Next to Mr. Broussard are Antoinette Edwards and Assistant Chief Kevin Modica with the Portland Police Bureau, a member of LPSCC.