The Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention (CCYVP) is devoted to studying the causes and consequences of youth violence to inform the development and testing of prevention interventions to support children, youth and families living in economically disadvantaged urban communities. The Center's primary aims are:

1) to understand the nature and causes of youth violence, bringing together a coalition of community, policy and academic partners

2) to design and test prevention interventions, evaluating the process and impact of these interventions in high-risk urban communities, and identifying the unique challenges and adaptations necessary for implementation in urban neighborhoods. 

3) to partner with the community, providing training and technical assistance to build capacity for schools and community agencies to select, implement, and evaluate evidence-based interventions.

CCYVP also evaluates and informs current policy strategies aimed at reducing youth and other forms of violence, evaluates the most promising interventions within the community, and uses these data to inform policy and practice. 

Since 2005, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers at the CCYVP have been committed to studying and preventing violence in Chicago communities. There is no simple or single answer to eliminating youth violence. The Center approaches the multifaceted problem of youth violence by providing programs targeted at children and families at different developmental ages and with youth at varying levels of associated risk and involvement. Center efforts are coordinated with the social systems that have the most direct influence on youth throughout development - families, schools, community agencies, and justice. 

Within each of the three core aims, the CCYVP is committed to training the next generation of youth violence prevention scholars, coordinating training and education activities across sites and academic disciplines. 

Professor Deborah Gorman-Smith is the Principal Investigator and director of the Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention.