Youth Violence Prevention Conference encourages community collaboration

Press release from Mountain Area Health Education Center:

ASHEVILLE—On June 1, the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) is offering a special one-day program designed to bring educators, mental health professionals, law enforcement, and community members together to explore the factors that contribute to youth violence that has been making headlines here in Western North Carolina and across the nation.

Kenneth Dodge, PhD, from Duke University, will share vital information on the connection between youth violence and child abuse gleaned from his research on the Fast-Track Project, one of the largest violence-prevention trials funded by the federal government, spanning more than two decades.

Other speakers from UNC Asheville, UNC Chapel Hill and the WNC public school system will address adverse childhood events (ACEs), stress, screen time, bullying and other factors that influence youth violence.

“Children exhibiting aggression are less likely to become violent criminals or psychiatrically troubled adults if they receive early intervention,” shares keynote speaker Dr. Kenneth Dodge.

This daylong program will present evidence-based interventions and a youth violence prevention, preparation, response and recovery plan being used by some area middle and high schools. The program will also provide an opportunity for collaboration and resource sharing to develop viable community-based solutions.

More details and registration information are available at

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