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National Youth Violence Prevention Week

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Mayor John Giles visited with 5 to 13 year olds July 13, 2016 at A New Leaf’s La Mesita Campus in Mesa, which serves homeless and low-income families. (Ted Wendel/MyNewsMesa.com)

National Youth Violence Prevention Week is April 3-7. The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness and to educate students, teachers, school administrators, counselors, school resource officers, school staff, parents, and the public on effective ways to prevent or reduce youth violence.

Mesa-based A New Leaf shares information on how to help a teen if you think they are experiencing violence. The statistics are alarming:

  • Homicide is the third leading cause of death for young people ages 10 to 24 years old.
  • Nearly 1.5 million high school students in the United States are physically abused by dating partners every year.
  • In a 2015 nationally-representative sample of youth in grades 9-12: • 20.2 percent reported being bullied on school property in the 12 months preceding the survey; the prevalence was higher among females (24.8 percent) than males (15.8 percent).2 • 15.5 percent reported being bullied electronically (email, chat room, instant messaging, website, texting) in the 12 months preceding the survey; the prevalence was higher among females (21.7 percent) than males (9.7 percent).
  • In a 2015 nationally-representative sample of youth in grades 9-12: • 22.6 percent reported being in a physical fight in the 12 months preceding the survey; the prevalence was higher among males (28.4 percent) than females (16.5 percent).2 • 16.2 percent reported carrying a weapon (gun, knife or club) on one or more days in the 30 days preceding the survey; the prevalence was higher among males (24.3 percent) than females (7.5 percent).

A New Leaf is a 45-year community nonprofit organization, providing a broad spectrum of support services to individuals and families across the Valley – from housing to health to community services. Faith House, is a domestic violence shelter which has been in existence since 1971 and a program of A New Leaf since 2000. It provides 120 days of emergency shelter and transitional housing to afford victims and their children the time and resources to rebuild their lives.

For more information, visit: http://www.turnanewleaf.org/.

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