Choosing a clear and common purpose will help you act as a team, keep priorities in mind, and avoid wasting valuable time and resources. One way of creating a common purpose is to agree on what the youth violence problems are in your community. Or think about what you’d like to see in your community. For example, maybe your group wants to focus on creating safe neighborhoods for youth and their families.
“If you’re not clear on what that purpose is, then it’s really easy to get pulled into the different urgencies that come up.”
– Tania, Program Coordinator (Boston)
Review the options below and select the specific form of youth violence that your team will work to prevent. Later, this selection will help you choose strategies and decide what data to track. If your team does not feel ready to make a selection now, you can visit other sections like Using Data (in Our Community) to help you make your decision. You can also change the focus area later.