Addressing Youth Crime Prevention with New Programs


In light of the recent tragedies in Federal Way around Youth crime, I wanted to bring together stakeholders to begin steps to address the issue in our city.  The goals were to develop a better understanding of promoting team building and strengthening relationships between groups, creating a safe space for deep sharing around experiences, and beginning to develop a shared understanding of strategies to advance the work of youth violence prevention.

The group consisted of the Federal Way Youth Action Team Board, the Federal Way Police Department, Federal Way Public Schools Resource Officers, and youth from the three programs under the umbrella of the Federal Way Youth Action Team Program.  All stakeholders were able to identify problems within the current system, invite innovative ideas for improvement to ongoing issues of practice with regards to youth violence prevention and gain insight on leadership styles and effectiveness within the community.

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