Burlington’s City Council took notice during 2016 and 2017 as the city saw a rise in youth-on-youth violence. As a response, the council directed city staff to hold a series of community forums in the winter of 2018, titled Youth Solutions Forums. Staff then began to develop the plan for a coordinator position based off this feedback from the community. Out of this was born the position of Youth Solutions Coordinator.
FEBRUARY 2018 - YOUTH SOLUTIONS FORUMS
2-1-18 Session @ Burlington Assembly of God
2-8-18 Session @ Positive Attitude Youth Center
Two community forums were held to discuss solutions for the prevention of youth violence. Community members were trained in Technology of Participation consensus building workshop facilitation. Over 125 community members participated in providing answers to the focus question "What solutions can we provide when working toward reducing youth violence in our community?" through facilitated discussions led by the trained community members. Thank you to everyone who hosted a forum, spread the word about the forums, participated in the forums, or facilitated!