“This conference provides a critical opportunity to highlight, to celebrate, and – hopefully – to replicate, the extraordinary progress that’s been made under Minneapolis’s “Blueprint for Action” strategy. It’s also our chance to reaffirm our shared commitment to strengthening our approach to addressing one of the greatest public safety – and public health – epidemics of our time: children’s exposure to violence.”The initiative is guided by the goals laid out in the “Blueprint for Action” which created a comprehensive, collaborative and public health approach to address youth violence in Minneapolis. The goals are:
- To connect every youth to a trusted adult;
- To intervene at the first sign that youth are at risk of violence;
- To restore youth who have gone down the wrong path; and
- To unlearn the culture of violence in the community.