STRYVE: Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC)
STRYVE, or Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere, is a national initiative led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent youth violence before it starts among young people ages 10 to 24. STRYVE’s vision is safe and healthy youth who can achieve their full potential as connected and contributing members of thriving, violence-free families, schools, and communities.
STRYVE’s goals are to:
Increase awareness that youth violence can and should be prevented.
Promote the use of youth violence prevention approaches that are based upon the best available evidence.
Provide guidance to communities on how to prevent youth violence.
STRYVE takes a public health approach to preventing youth violence. A public health approach to violence prevention is similar to a public health approach to addressing diseases and other harmful conditions—it applies scientific and programmatic expertise to preventing violence before it occurs. Communities need a continuum of approaches to effectively address youth violence, and STRYVE works to increase attention to the benefits of prevention and to create a greater understanding of the complementary roles and approaches of multiple sectors in addressing youth violence. A public health approach places prevention at the forefront of our efforts to address youth violence and makes research central to identifying and implementing effective prevention approaches. A public health approach also is guided by the principle that prevention is best addressed through the organized and integrated efforts of multiple disciplines, organizations, and individuals.