Advancing Urban Peace: Preventing Gun Violence and Healing Traumatized Youth

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Advancing Urban Peace: Preventing Gun Violence and Healing Traumatized Youth

Category: Crime, Homicide, Injury, Youth|Journal: Youth Justice|Author: B Muhammad, D Boggan, J Corburn, J Houston, J Thibodeaux, K Muttaqi, S Vaughn|Year: 2021

This descriptive article highlights the inner-practices of a trauma-informed, healing-centered, urban gun violence reduction program called Advance Peace. We find that the Advance Peace model uses a unique curriculum called the Peacemaker Fellowship, that offers intensive mentorship, caring, and ‘street love’ to youth at the center of gun violence. The Advance Peace approach is one public safety model that may help young people of color heal from the traumas that contribute to gun violence while also reducing gun crime in urban neighborhoods.

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