This paper describes the implementation and evaluation of a youth violence prevention and intervention program on Chicago’s south side. Forty-four high school-age youth from violence-exposed urban communities participated in a nine-month, multidisciplinary, after-school program aimed at supporting their development and positively impacting their communities. Restorative practice principles informed planning, implementation, and evaluation of the program. The youth developed skills in leadership, trauma-informed practice, documentary production, theatre, and participatory action research. This paper discusses the program, an initial evaluation of its impact, and potential practice and research implications.
- Community violence
- Restorative practice
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
- General Social Sciences