A girl receiving an award during a positive recognition campaign event in MontbelloBy Julie Poppen

It would be tough to find another community-based research project that involves as many partners as the $5.9 million youth violence prevention initiative focused on two Denver neighborhoods. Allies include nonprofits, state and city elected leaders, churches, police, a hospital, public schools, and afterschool programs, just to name a few.

In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded a five-year grant to the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at CU Boulder to expand its youth violence prevention work in Montbello and Northeast Park Hill.

By early 2018, the two communities can expect an array of programs, such as community gardens and positive recognition campaigns that combat negative stereotypes, to be in full swing. Which programs are implemented will be determined by the people who have the most at stake in these neighborhoods— their own community volunteers and leaders.