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The Work of the Office of Youth Violence Prevention
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.
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 now retired Portland Assistant Chief Kevin Modica.