The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) established the National Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention (YVPC) program in 2000, with the primary goals of linking research to practice and preventing youth violence by building infrastructure and enhancing academic and community partnerships.
CSPV was first designated as a CDC funded YVPC in 2011. The resulting initiative was called Steps to Success, with the goal of reducing youth violence in Denver’s Montbello neighborhood. The Center worked closely with residents and community partners to reduce rates of violence among 10-24 year olds through a coordinated community-wide effort focused on effectively implementing a package of evidence-based programs at the individual, family and community levels.
In 2016, CSPV was again designated as a YVPC (one of five centers) by the CDC, and began the Denver Youth Violence Prevention Center (YVPC-D), which builds upon the work of Montbello's Steps to Success project. The goal of this initiative is to reduce violence among 10- to 24-year-olds in the Montbello and Northeast Park Hill (NEPH) communities in Denver by identifying, implementing and evaluating a community-level prevention system that delivers community- and policy-level strategies matched to local need.
To learn more about Steps to Success, please visit www.stepstosuccessmontbello.com.
For more information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention, please visit www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/ace.
Steps to Success publications include reports created by the Montbello community and the CSPV research team.
YVPC-D publications will be developed as the project progresses.