About the Center

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Preventing youth violence and delinquency means promoting positive youth development by keeping children and adolescents out of the justice system, enhancing the safety of their neighborhoods, increasing their commitment to education, and ensuring that resources to support their physical and mental health are available and accessible. According to policy briefs and programmatic strategies outlined by federal agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the most effective youth violence and delinquency prevention approaches are community-wide; guided by multi-agency, multi-disciplinary working groups; and both supported and enhanced by ongoing rigorous assessment and evaluation. The Rutgers University-Newark Center on Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice (RUN-CYVJJ) is a new collaborative center based on a strong foundation of existing community partnerships and faculty research and aimed at making Rutgers-Newark the premier academic hub in the nation for engaged scholarship on youth violence and juvenile justice with both local and national impact. The RUN-CYVJJ is an engine for enhancing services to youth and families in the Newark community and beyond; expanding educational and training opportunities for faculty, students, practitioners, and policymakers; and securing large-scale, long-term external funding for integrated and interdisciplinary research-service activities.

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