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A Nonprofit 501 (c) (3) Organization and Public Charity


Our Mission: “To bring about a ten-percent reduction in youth violence, bullying, and abuse, through volunteerismeducation, and teamwork and the improve the health of children and youth.”

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YouthAlert! (YA!) Violence, Bully, Abuse, Prevention/Health Program (VBPHP)

A Universal Cross-Cutting Child and Youth Violence, Bullying, and Abuse, Prevention/Health Program

Available Worldwide


Where Youth and Adults Meet Halfway to Reduce Violence, Bullying, and Abuse

 "Helping protect the whole youth, and nothing but the youth" (c)

YouthAlert! (YA!) Violence & Bullying Prevention/Health Program (VBPHP) is a universal, cross-cutting youth violence, bullying, and abuse, educational and training prevention program. An initial ten-hour live, interactive, elementary, middle and high in-school, out-of-school, campus life, community, diversion, re-entry, program. Ages 5 to 25. A systemic approach by age, placement, compatibility, and delivery, to reducing youth violence. An additional twenty, eight-hour, breakout sessions by subject are available. Continuing education options are included.

 

Subjects include, peer-to-peer youth violence, gun violence, suicide, self-harm, dating violence, sexual violence,

domestic violence, gender violence, LGBTQ violence, child maltreatment, bullying, stalking, harassment, gang violence,

justice, terrorism, plus other youth health advocacy and prevention topics including, social-emotional health,

mental health, physical health, substance abuse, unintentional injuries, media, successful interventions,

intervention contacts, and more.

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YouthAlert! (YA!) Violence, Bully, Abuse, Prevention/Health Program (VBPHP)

 

"Where Youth and Adults Meet Halfway to Reduce Violence, Bullying and Abuse"

“Helping Protect the whole youth, and nothing but the youth”©

 

YouthAlert! (YA!) Violence & Bullying Prevention/Health Program is an in-school, out-of-school time, one to five-day, two to ten-hour, live, in-person presentation, whose purpose is to reduce child and youth violence, bullying, and abuse, and improve the overall health of all school age children and youth. This program is part of the YouthAlert! (YA!) Eighteen Week National Health Curriculum.

 

YouthAlert! (YA!) personnel present this program directly to any number of children or youth in a school, class, public, or community, environment. The presentation includes a live speaker, videos slides, videos, student interaction and role playing. Extra attention during these presentations is given to male youth and U.S. minorities. The Program is not political, financial, religious, or judgmental. Youth comments helped to develop this presentation and student class members as asked to help in present the program.

 

YouthAlert! (YA!) Violence & Bullying Prevention/Health Program is, first, and foremost, a community outreach program. The program represents the voice of the entire community and all opinions are welcome from the community, educators, adults, children, and youth. YouthAlert! (YA!) believes when people have all the information, they make good decisions. Empowerment, positive self-esteem, self-confidence, and productive motivation, are the underlying themes in the YouthAlert! (YA!) Violence & Bullying Prevention/Health Program. The program is continual and interactive both using current technology for out-of-school learning and lesson plans for in-school learning. The program also helps youth connect to local and national support and intervention services.

 

The goal of the YouthAlert! (YA!) Violence & Bullying Prevention/Health Program is a Ten-Percent reduction in all violence, self-harm, bullying, substance abuse, school , board, and law, violations, truancy, and behavior events, with children, youth, and young adults who have gone through our program. The program is designed to be presented every semester to reach at least Twenty-Five percent of a school’s student population every school-year for three continual years.

 

YouthAlert! (YA!) Violence & Bullying Prevention/Health Program subjects include: domestic violence, dating violence, bullying, suicide/self-harm, gang violence, sexual abuse and violence, school violence, child abuse, neglect, elder abuse, safe surroundings, victimization, trauma, and more. Over half of the program deals with the subject of youth violence and bullying prevention. The remaining sessions cover all other youth health advocacy and prevention topics including, mental health, social health, physical health, substance abuse, unintentional injuries, diet, poverty and consumerism and more.

 

YouthAlert! (YA!) Violence Prevention/Health Program includes, a live speaker/presenter, 200 video slides, 100 videos, video recording, public service announcements (PSA's) videos, important statistical information, important skills sets to learn, live role playing, question, and answer periods, open discussion, worksheets, reviews, surveys, local youth service contact information, free snacks and more. Twenty additional Breakout Sessions by subject are also available.

 

YouthAlert! (YA!) Violence & Bullying Prevention/Health Program follows lesson plans that are aligned with the National Health Education Standards (NHES), which is followed by most public schools in the U.S. along with any State health requirements. Formative and summative assessments are done as well as pretest and posttest analysis. The program also includes and youth self-reporting surveys at regular intervals. The program is also overseen by a YouthAlert! (YA!) Advisory Board and follows an evidenced-based blueprint with outcome evaluations recommended by the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC).

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Middle and High Schools, Live In-Person Presentation Options

Sixth Grade Through Twelfth Grade

 

One Full Day: Class-Size, One-Hour per Class, Seven Classes per Day or One Full Day Assembly Size. Presentation - One Comprehensive Presentation. 

 

Two Full Days: Class-Size, One-Hour per Class, Seven Classes per Day or Two Full Days Assembly Size, Back-to-Back Days. Presentation - Part I on Day One and Part II on Day Two. 

 

Three Full DaysClass-Size, One-Hour per Class, Seven Classes per Day for Three Days within One week. Presentation - Part I on Day One, Part II on Day Two, and Part III on Day Three. 

 

Four Full DaysClass-Size, One-Hour per Class, Seven Classes per Day for Three Days within One week. Presentation - Part I on Day One, Part II on Day Two, and Part III on Day Three, Part IV on Day Four.

Five Full DaysClass-Size, One-Hour per Class, Seven Classes per Day for Three Days within One week. Presentation - Part I on Day One, Part II on Day Two, and Part III on Day Three, Part IV, on Day Four and Part V on day Five.

Breakout Sessions: One Full School Day, Class-Size, One-Subject, One-Hour, Seven Classes per day. Twenty Subjects/Breakout Sessions to Choose from.


Program/Presentation Cost - From $1,000 to $1,500 per day depending on total number of days. Travel costs not included. Separate Speaking Engagements are also available. For Middle School and High School YA! Information Packet email info@youthalert.us

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For Elementary Schools
Kindergarten through Fifth Grade

One  Day/Assembly StyleTwo, Assembly Style, Two Hour, Live and in Person, Bullying Prevention Presentations for Elementary Schools. One for Primary Grades and one for Immediate grades.

One Day/Class Size - Seven, Class Size, One Hour, Live and in Person, Bullying Prevention Presentations for Elementary Schools. Can be for Primary Grades or Immediate grades or a combination of both.

Program/Presentation Cost - From $2,000 to $2,500 per day depending on total number of presentation days. Travel costs not included. Separate Speaking Engagements are also available. For Elementary School YA! Information Packet email info@youthalert.us
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For Colleges/Universities


One Full Day Live In-Person Presentation – Ten-Hour Live In-Person, Program/Presentation 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, One Hour Lunch, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM.


Two Full Day Live In-Person Presentation – Twenty-Hour Live In-Person, Program/Presentation 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, One Hour Lunch, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM.

 

One Full Day Webinar Presentation - Eight-Hour Program/Presentation, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, One Hour Lunch, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM.


Two Full Day Webinar Presentation - Eight-Hour Program/Presentation, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, One Hour Lunch, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM.


Program/Presentation Cost - From $3,000 to $3,500 per day depending on total number of days. Travel costs not included. Separate Speaking Engagements are also available. For College/University YA! Information Packet email info@youthalert.us

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YouthAlert! (YA!) VBPHP has reaching over 10,000 middle and high school youths in the last three school-years and  119 teachers. Some assessment results:

 

2016/2017 School-Year Student Surveys

 

94.3 percent of students/youth said this presentation will help them avoid being a victim of violence.

 

95.5 percent of the students/youth said this presentation will help prevent them from doing an act of violence.

 

2015/2016 School-Year Student Surveys

 

95.7 percent of students/youth said that they were more aware about the dangers of violence after this presentation.

 

96.2 percent of students/youth said this presentation will help prevent them from doing an act of violence.


2014/2015 School-Year Student Surveys

 

95.4 percent of students/youth said they learned something new in this presentation.

 

95.5 Percent of the students/youth said this presentation would help stop someone from doing violence.

 

2014/2015/2016 Teacher Surveys

 

98.3 percent of instructors/teachers surveyed said this presentation could make a difference in a youth’s life in a positive way when it comes to violence.

 

100 percent of instructors/teachers said they would recommend this presentation to other youth groups, schools, or youth organizations.

Student Surveys 2014/2015/2016 - Green/Yes, Yellow/A Little, Red/No
Teacher Surveys 2014/2015/2016 - Purple/Yes, Orange/A Little

YouthAlert! (YA!) VBPHP Pretest/Posttest Assessment


YouthAlert! (YA!) VBPHP has a 74 Percent gain score with 578 Middle, and High, School students with our completed five-question Pretest/Posttest assessment. This is well above the 30 percent change score benchmark for pretest and posttest progress. 86 Percent of the Posttest answers taken immediately after the presentation, understood the core components in the program, where less than 12 Percent of Pretest answers, were contained in the program. This indicates a highly successful method of instruction for our program, and also possibly, a high level of interest among students. The high gain score may also indicate the newness of the material presented to the students.

Short Class Presentation Video Vignettes (under 60 seconds)YouthAlert! (YA!) VBPHP

Video 1  Video 2  Video 3  Video 4  Video 5  Video 6  Video 7  Video 8  Video 9  Video 10  Video 11  Video 12

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Lesson Plan, Student Worksheet, Youth Survey, Host Survey, Word Puzzle, Free Class Certificate and Free Class Trophy.

Sample Presentation Chapters - YouthAlert! (YA!) Violence & Bullying Prevention/Health Program

 

Violence and Youth, What is Violence? Who does Violence? Why do people do Violence? Who is at risk for Violence? Who are the victims of Violence? How to protect yourself from Violence? What is the cost of Violence? What is Bullying? What is Consent? Plus Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Violence, Child Abuse, Suicide/Self Harm, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Media, , Accidental Injuries, Physical Health, Self-Defense, Cyber-Bullying, Bystander Intervention, Choice and more.

Sample Video Slides and Videos - YouthAlert! (YA!) Violence & Bullying Prevention/Health Program
PSA Videos Include: President Obama, Vice President Biden, Lady Gaga, KRS One, Chris Brown, Samuel Jackson, Snoop Lyon, Drake, Russell Wilson, Beyonce, Chris Rock, Will Farrell, Ice-T, Russell Simmons, Jennifer Aniston, David Ortiz, David Beckham, Jeremy Lin, Eli Manning, Jamie Foxx, Ellen DeGeneres, Jessica Alba, Reese Witherspoon, Aziz Ansari, Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Amy Poehler, John Legend, Jenifer Gardner, Chelsea Handler, Steve Carell, Courtney Cox, Victor Cruz, Zooey Deschanel, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Conan O’Brien, Benicio Del Toro, Daniel Craig, Antonio Banderas, Liam Neeson, Angelina Jolie, Billy Ray Cyrus, Dionne Warwick, Salma Hayek, Nicole Kidman, Frank Camacho, NFL and NBA Players and more.
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Universal Cross-Cutting Youth Violence Prevention Education Works

"Evidence-based Prevention Approaches and Programs, Policies, and Practices Are Available to Move Youth Violence Prevention Strategies Forward. Youth Violence Prevention Approaches Based on the Best Available Evidence. Universal School-based Youth Violence Prevention. Provide students and school staff with information about violence, change how youth think and feel about violence, and teach nonviolent skills to resolve disputes." (Preventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action, CDC, June 2014)


“Universal school-based programs to reduce or prevent violent behavior are delivered to all children in classrooms in a grade or in a school. Similarly, programs targeted to schools in high-risk areas are delivered to all children in a grade or school in those high-risk areas. During 2004--2006, the Task Force on Community Preventive Services conducted a systematic review of published scientific evidence concerning the effectiveness of these programs. The results of this review provide strong evidence that universal school-based programs decrease rates of violence and aggressive behavior among school-aged children. Program effects were demonstrated at all grade levels.” (National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC, National Institute of Justice, NIJ, et al, 2007)


“Over the past few decades, social scientists have made great strides in uncovering the causes and correlates of youth violence. Numerous programs have demonstrated their effectiveness in reducing risk factors for serious violence. Our review of the scientific literature supports the main conclusion of this report: that as a Nation, we possess knowledge and have translated that knowledge into programs that are unequivocally effective in preventing much serious youth violence. (Office of the U.S. Surgeon General, 2001)


Punishment alone does not work: “Studying Deterrence Among High-Risk Adolescents. There was no meaningful reduction in offending or arrests in response to more severe punishment (e.g., correctional placement, longer stays).” (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, August 2015)

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A Comprehensive Technical Package, for the Prevention of Youth Violence, and Associated Risk Behaviors (CDC 2016)

Universal school-based programs are a widely used approach to help youth develop skills to prevent violence and engage in healthy behaviors. Potential Outcomes:

• Reductions in perpetration and victimization of verbal and physical aggression
• Reductions in bullying and conduct problems
• Reductions in delinquency
• Reductions in the involvement in violent and nonviolent crime in young adulthood
• Reductions in smoking, alcohol, and drug use
• Reductions in depression and suicidal ideation
• Reductions in other adolescent risk behaviors (e.g., sex without a condom, multiple sex partners, risky driving)
• Increases in emotional regulation, understanding social situations, and developing effective and nonviolent solutions
• Increases in academic proficiency
• Increases in positive bystander behavior
• Increases in anti-bullying school policies
• Increases in positive school climate

https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/yv-technicalpackage.pdf
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The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010-2012 State Report,

(CDC, April 2017)


Implications for Prevention.

 

Importance of a Cross-Cutting and Multi-Sector Approach. Given that victimization from and perpetration of different forms of violence often co-occur (Finkelhor et al., 2011), prevention approaches are most efficient when they are cross-cutting and can have impacts on more than one type of violence.”

 

Early Prevention that Continues Across Developmental Stages. A prevention focus demands that we start early in life with prevention efforts given the findings of this report which suggest the first experiences of sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence victimization often happen at a young age. For example, more than three-quarters of female victims of completed rape reported that their first victimization occurred before the age of 25, with 41.3% reporting that they were first raped as a minor.


https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/NISVS-StateReportBook.pdf

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Preventing Multiple Forms of Violence: A Strategic Vision for Connecting the Dots

(CDC, 2016)


Strategic Focus. Facilitate the identification, implementation, and scale-up of approaches that have cross-cutting impact.

 

The evidence also points to early childhood education (which has demonstrated effects on child abuse and neglect and youth violence), universal school-based programs that emphasize social-emotional learning (which have demonstrated effects on youth violence, teen dating violence, and sexual violence),

 

Rationale for promoting a cross-cutting approach

 

Several decades of research, prevention, and services have revealed a lot about the different forms of violence and how to prevent and respond to them. One fact clearly emerging from this body of work is that the different forms of violence are strongly interconnected.


Previous research indicates:

 

•             Those who are victims of one form of violence are likely to experience other forms of violence.

 

•             Those who have been violent in one context are likely to be violent in another context.

 

•             The different forms of violence share common consequences.

 

•             The evidence also clearly shows that the different forms of violence share common risk

                and protective factors.


https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/strategic_vision.pdf

 

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Preventing Intimate Partner Violence Across the Lifespan: A Technical Package of Programs, Policies, and Practices (CDC, 2017)


The strategies and approaches included in this technical package represent current best practices in the primary prevention of IPV (Intimate Partner Violence) and supporting survivors with the after effects of IPV.

 

A comprehensive approach targeting multiple risk and protective factors is critical to having a broad and sustained impact on IPV.

 

Context and Cross-Cutting Themes. Preventing IPV. Strategy. Teach safe and healthy relationship skills.


Approach. Social-emotional learning programs for youth.

 

Evidence. The current evidence suggests that both social-emotional programs for youth and relationship skills

programs for adult couples can prevent IPV perpetration and victimization.

 

Potential Outcomes

 

• Increases in the use of healthy relationship skills

• Reductions in perpetration of physical, sexual and emotional IPV and stalking

• Reductions in victimization of physical, sexual and emotional IPV and stalking

• Reductions in perpetration of peer violence, including bullying

• Reductions in high-risk sexual behaviors

• Reductions in attitudes that accept violence in relationships

• Increases in relationship satisfaction and well-being

• Reductions in substance abuse

• Reductions in weapon-carrying

 

While each of the strategies and approaches in the package has a particular focus, several important themes are

cross-cutting and are addressed by multiple strategies.

 

IPV is connected to other forms of violence. Experience with many other forms of violence puts people at risk

for perpetrating and experiencing IPV. IPV is associated with several risk and protective factors. Research indicates a number of factors increase risk for perpetration and victimization of IPV.

 

Research indicates that IPV is most prevalent in adolescence and young adulthood and then begins to decline with age, demonstrating the critical importance of early prevention efforts.

 

https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/ipv-technicalpackages.pdf

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World Health Organizaiton (WHO) Ten Facts About Violence Prevention


Fact Seven: People can benefit from violence prevention programmes in schools. Proven and promising violence prevention strategies focused on individuals include pre-school enrichment programmes during early childhood (ages 3-5 years), life skills training and social development programmes for children aged 6-18 years, and assisting high-risk adolescents and young adults to complete schooling and pursue courses of higher education and vocational training.

 

http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/violence/en/

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World Health Oranization (WHO) Media Centre - Youth Violence Fact Sheet


Prevention.  Promising prevention programmes include:

 

Life skills and social development programmes designed to help children and adolescents manage anger, resolve conflict, and develop the necessary social skills to solve problems; school-based anti-bullying prevention programmes;

 

WHO response. WHO and partners decrease youth violence through initiatives that help to identify, quantify and respond to the problem, these include:

 

Developing a package for schools-based violence prevention programmes;

 

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs356/en/

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Locations where YouthAlert! (YA!) Violence & Bullying Prevention/Health Program was Presented

Atherton High School, Louisville, Kentucky, Doss High School, Louisville, Kentucky, Fern Creek High School, Louisville, Kentucky, Iroquois High School, Louisville, Kentucky, Southern High School, Louisville, Kentucky, Waggener High School, Louisville, Kentucky, Western High School Early College Louisville, Kentucky, Carrithers Middle School, Louisville, Kentucky, Conway Middle School, Louisville, Kentucky, Fredrick Law Olmsted Academy South Middle School, Louisville, Kentucky, Knight Middle School, Louisville, Kentucky, Lassiter Middle School, Louisville, Kentucky, Meyzeek Middle School, Louisville, Kentucky, Newburg Middle School, Louisville, Kentucky, Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School, Lexington, Kentucky, Beaumont Middle School, Lexington, Kentucky, Bryan Station Middle School, Lexington, Kentucky, Crawford Middle School, Lexington, Kentucky, Jessie M. Clark Middle School, Leestown Middle School, Lexington, Kentucky, Morton Middle School, Lexington, Kentucky, Southern Middle School, Lexington, Kentucky, Winburn Middle School, Lexington, Kentucky, My Old Kentucky Home Middle School, Bardstown, Kentucky, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville, Kentucky, City of Louisville's Youth Detention Services, Louisville, Kentucky, City of Louisville Office of Youth Development, Louisville, Kentucky, Fayette Regional Juvenile Detention Center, Lexington, Kentucky, LFUCG Division of Youth Services, Lexington, Kentucky, YMCA Black Achievers, Lexington, Kentucky, Arbor Youth Services, Lexington, Kentucky, Community Action Kentucky, Statewide Staff Meeting, Frankfort, Kentucky, Stop Youth Suicide Conference, Lexington, Kentucky.

Additional Presentation Locations: Bryan Station High School Lexington, Kentucky, Central High School, Louisville, Kentucky, Jefferson Country Community & Technical College (JCTC) Louisville ,Kentucky, Kentucky Center for African American Heritage (KCAAH) Louisville, Kentucky, Lexington Public Library, Lexington, Kentucky, Louisville, Free Public Library, Louisville, Kentucky, Jefferson County Public Schools, Safe and Drug-Free Schools Office, Louisville, Kentucky, Kentucky Court Designated Workers (CDW), Lexington, Kentucky Family Court Judges, Lexington, Kentucky, Kentucky State Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, Frankfort, Kentucky, Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency (KCCD), Fayette County Public Schools, Equity Council, Lexington, Kentucky, U.S. Dept. of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Washington, D.C., U.S. Office of Violence Against Women (OVAW), Washington, D.C., U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS), Washington, D.C., National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC),Arlington, Virginia, National Guard Bureau (NGB), Arlington, Virginia, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C., U.S. Congress, Washington, D.C., The White House Office of Public Engagement, Washington, D.C.

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Sponsors - YouthAlert! (YA!) Violence & Bullying Prevention/Health Program

We appreciate your efforts and are honored to be partnering with you for such a cause!” Delta Dental

Additional Video Speakers - YouthAlert! (YA!) Violence & Bullying Prevention/Health Program

Renee Murphy, Anchor, WHAS-11-TV, Christopher 2X, Stanford T. Mullen Jr., Chief of Law Enforcement, Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), Dr. Muhammad Babar, Richard Whitlock Jr., Getting All People (G.A.P.) Partnership, Shannon Moody, Policy Analyst, Kentucky Youth Advocates, Face-It ® Movement, Jon Auslander-Price, YOUth Career Center, KentuckianaWorks, McKenzie Cantrell, Employment Law Attorney, Kentucky Equal Justice Center, Officer Joe Saunier SRO, Region 3, Board of Directors Representative, Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers (KYASRO), Kellye Cunningham, NAACP Youth Council, Enrica Thomas, LMFT, Service Team Leader, Family & Children’s Place, Phyllis L. Clark, M.Ed, Program Coordinator, 15K Degrees Initiative, Luther Brown, Board 4 Change, Kaitlyn Moten, Teen Miss Kentucky 2014, DreamGirls, USA, Tom Shelton, Ph.D., Superintendent, Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington, KY, Fayette County Kentucky Family Court Judge John P. Schrader, Stephanie Stockburger, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine, University of Kentucky for Stop Youth Suicide, S.W.A.G. (Sisters and Supporters Working Against Gun violence), Linda Harvey, Restorative Justice, Lexington, KY, Brannon Dunn, Community Organizers of Lexington KY & DREAM, a BMAMI (Black Male Achievement Mentoring Initiative), Reverend. Keith G. Tyler, Sr. Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Lexington, KY, Scott Lancaster, Associate Director, GreenHouse17, Lexington, KY, David Coazrt, Fayette County Fatherhood Initiative (FCFI) Lexington, KY, James Brown, Urban Family Engagement Network (UFEN) Lexington, KY, Reverend Jim Thurman, President, Lexington-Fayette County NAACP, John Q. Moses, HIV Outreach Specialist, Targeted Prevention, Lexington-Fayette County Health Department with Freida Downey, Lexington, KY, Gilbert Corsey, Anchor, WDRB-TV-41, Louisville, KY, Ralph de Chabert, Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer at Brown-Forman Corp., Louisville, KY, Steve Tarver, President/CEO, Greater Louisville YMCA, Lynn E. Johnson, Director, YMCA Black Achievers, Louisville, KY, Officer Matthew A. Gelhausen, Community Relations Department, Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD), Mary Gwen Wheeler, Executive Director, Kentucky Education School Board, 55,000 Degrees, Louisville, KY, Central High School Drum Line, Liz Sias-Shannon, Executive Director, C.H.O.I.C.E. Inc. (Children Have Options In Choosing Experiences) Louisville, KY, Eric Kleppe-Montenegro, PACT in Action Louisville, KY, Carol Smith, Central High School President, Parent Teachers Association (PTA), Dr. Anthony Newberry, President and C.E.O., Jefferson Community & Technical College (JCTC), Ann Bowdan, Reporter WLKY-32 News, Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Denise Clayton, Dr. Hatim A. Omar, Founder & Chairman of the Stop Youth Suicide Campaign, Michael Gray, JD, MUP, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), The Muhammad Ali Center Council of Students (MACCS),Margaret Dunbar-Demaree, CEO/Founder, 1+1=U, Inc., Libby Mills, Executive Director of Restorative Justice, Fairness Campaign, Service For Peace, Susan Moseley (Military sexual trauma), Susan A. Vessels, Executive Director, Community Coordinate Child Care (4-C), Katherine Nichols, President, Kentuckians' Voice for Crime Victims (KVCV), Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana (BGCK), YouthBuild Louisville, Paws with Purpose,  Anthony Smith, Director for Safe Neighborhoods, Office of the Mayor, Louisville, KY, Aukram Burton, Multicultural Education/Diversity, Jefferson County Public Schools, Dr. Timir Banerjee, the Society for the Prevention of Aggressiveness and Violence among Adolescents (SPAVA), Sabree, MSSW, Coordinator of Navigators Programming & Agency Evaluation, Peace Education Program, Louisville, KY, Stephen Ulrich, Co-Chair, Metro Louisville Suicide Prevention Group, Quan A. Founder, YMCA Safe Place Services, Louisville, KY, MeShorn Daniels, Founder, Chair, Man-Up Louisville, Kentucky, Jeri Swinton, Chief Executive Officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana, Shawn L. Gardner, MSCM, President, Founder, 2NOT1 Fatherhood and Families, "A YA! Kid" A Youth Violence Prevention Presentation and Program, Video Presentation by WLKY32-TV  “The Real Impact of Local Violence”, Roy Woods, Chairman of the Fayette County Public Schools Equity Council, Quincy Murdock, MSW,  Logan Avritt IV,  Geo Gibson,  M.A.D.E (Motivating youth All Day Everyday), Dr. Melanie O. Matson, University of Kentucky Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center, Natalie Thompson, Program Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass, Lexington, KY, Rabbi Marc Kline, Temple Adath Israel, Lexington, KY, Reverend Willis Polk, Imani Baptist Church, Lexington, KY, Diane Turner Minnifield, Assistant Fayette County Attorney, Lexington, KY, Linda Harvey, Director, Juvenile Restorative Justice, Lexington, KY, Darlene Thomas, Executive Director, Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, Lexington, KY.

What Adults Say About YouthAlert! (YA!) Violence & Bullying Prevention/Health Program

“Outstanding program for Middle School. Above & beyond our expectations. Thank you very much!!!” Diane Redmond, Health Coordinator, Lassiter Middle School, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“The three day program covered A LOT of material. Loved the videos in the presentation, students appeared engaged.” Dawn Davis, FRYSC Coordinator, Lassiter Middle School, Louisville, Kentucky

 

Really appreciated your time and energy with the kids. Everyone enjoyed every single minute.” Robert Ward, Health Department Chair, Iroquois High School Magnet Career Academy, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“The students were excited and eager to learn with the program. They are looking forward to more sessions.” Cheryl Gilbert, Youth Services Coordinator, Carrithers Middle School, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“This is a great presentation for the demographics of our student population. They need to hear these messages!” Alex Shapiro, Health Department, Crawford Middle School, Lexington, Kentucky

 

“The program has excellent information. I use some of the same info when teaching their health class.” Diane Polley, Health, PE Teacher, Fern Creek High School, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“Thank you for coming out! It was great.” Emily LaPlante, PE and Health, Western Early College High School, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“The program presented real life experience to the students.” Vikki Joslin, Health Instructor, Leestown Middle School, Lexington, Kentucky

 

“We are so happy that you brought your program to our school. We thank you so much for your support and your involvement with our youth today. You provided us with a powerful message. WE appreciate you empowering each student with the information. I highly recommend your program to other schools.” Shellie Bryan, PAC Room Instructor, Zachary Taylor Elementary School, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“Outstanding powerpoint, great videos. This program would be beneficial to any JCPS school.” John Hinton, P.E. & Health Teacher, Newburg Middle School, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“The students thought the program was very inspirational and really enjoyed the program! Thanks again for coming out, look forward to next year.” Mark Tudor, Health, Atherton High School, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“Students were able to identify with the videos and the people in them. Great message.” Krista Ford, Medical Teacher, Waggener High School, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“Wonderful patience and ability to “reach” my students.” Rebecca Warnacutt, Health Instructor, Winburn Middle School, Lexington, Kentucky

 

“Kids were engaged and moved! Very professional and flexible. I would love to have you back!” Lisa Hager, Health Instructor, Southern Middle School, Lexington, Kentucky

 

“It was very in-tune with the 6th, 7th, 8th grades. I like how the speaker broke up the instruction with the videos” Dennis Johnson, Physical Education, Jessie M. Clark Middle School, Lexington, Kentucky

 

“The program was very beneficial to the students. The presenter was well prepared, profession and did an outstanding job!” Tony Catalano, P/E Health Instructor, Conway Middle School, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“Lots of information that students needed.” Bridgette Jones, Youth Services Coordinator, Conway Middle School, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“We thought it was a great presentation and hope that you will be back.” Jennifer Brophy, M.Ed, Career Planner/Louisville Education Employment Partnership (LEEP) Coordinator, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“Totally Awesome Program! This program is needed at Each and Every School!!” Mary Wurst, MAT, M Ed, Health and Physical Education Instructor, University of Louisville, Louisville Kentucky

 

“This program provided a positive message for teens in violence prevention. It helped to define violence and bullying with resources as to where to get help.” Kara Stacy, Health Instructor, Beaumont Middle School, Lexington, Kentucky

 

“Worked well with issues dealt. Most kids understood big picture of presentation. I appreciate the work you do and keep it up.” Terry L. Williams, M.A.T., Physical Education & Health, DOSS High School, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“Awesome use of technology - it keeps the kids engaged. Great job connecting with our students. We all enjoyed the presentations.” Brittany Witt, Health Instructor, Knight Middle School, Louisville Kentucky

 

"I truly enjoyed this presentation. It was insightful and informative. Thank you for sharing with our students." Cierra Parker, Related Arts, Knight Middle School, Louisville Kentucky

 

“Very age appropriate and does a great job developing trust with students in a short time.” Matthew Yates, Health & PE, Morton Middle School, Lexington, Kentucky

 

“Innovative presentation that captured and maintained the attention of middle school students. Well done!” Amanda Adams, Health & PE, Morton Middle School, Lexington, Kentucky

 

“It engaged the kids and they were very responsive. The information was on target. I like how it adapted to the audience and how it was able to size them and their attitude up so quickly.” Melissa Ratcliff, Health & Wellness Teacher, Bryan Station Middle School, Lexington, Kentucky

 

“It is good, some kids don’t want to discuss much @ this age. Thank you very much.” Brianna Wolf, Health Instructor, Southern High School, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“Very positive!” Shauna Paul, Youth Services Coordinator, Southern High School, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“I thought the session was well received by the students and I thought that the presenter did a great job giving the material.” Larry Poynter, Health/PE Instructor, Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School, Lexington, Kentucky

 

“Did a great job keeping the students engaged.” Lee Jonas, Health/PE Instructor, Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School, Lexington, Kentucky

 

“Good Presentation.” Emily Coleman, Health/PE Instructor, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Lexington, Kentucky

 

“Very Good!” David Hensley, Health/PE Instructor, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Lexington, Kentucky

 

“Great job! Very informative and age appropriate.” Heather Eaton, Spanish Instructor, Frederick Law Olmsted Academy South Middle School, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“Great videos, students really like getting candy for Q’s. The material covered was helpful + age appropriate. Very professional presentation. I hope to have YA! present again at OAS! Jamie Powell, PE Instructor, Frederick Law Olmsted Academy South Middle School, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“Awesome presenter. Great content. The kids loved it. Perfection!” Eduardo Mateo, ESL Instructor, Frederick Law Olmsted Academy South Middle School, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“I was very impressed with the program.” Myron Thompson, District Health & Wellness Coordinator, Risk Management and Safety, Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington, Kentucky

 

“You are truly appreciated in this community and the work you do is much needed.” Roy Woods, Chair, Equity Council, Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington, Kentucky

 

“Thanks for all your work to benefit our youth and communities” John Price, Board Chair, Fayette County Public School Board, Lexington, Kentucky

 

“I praise you for your diligence and passion to eliminating violence in our world. Keep up the great work.” Jon R. Akers, Executive Director, Kentucky Center for School Safety, Richmond, Kentucky

 

“This is a great presentation. It is one that I would recommend for all schools to provide for their kids.” Stu Silberman, Executive Director, Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, Lexington Kentucky

 

“Interesting take on violence all together. Good info for youth! Ms. Pearson, Fayette Regional Juvenile Detention Center, Lexington, Kentucky

 

“Great info! Thanks for coming and speaking with our youth. We look forward to having you again.” Joy Collins, Youth Detention Services, Alternative Placement Services Supervisor, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“Youth violence in KY continues to be on the rise. This program is an outstanding step in the right direction to help our youth in the effort to reduce youth violence and I think it should be done in every school in the commonwealth.” Hatim Omar, MD, Professor, Pediatrics & Obstetrics/Gynecology, Division of Adolescent Medicine Chief, Children's Miracle Network Chair, UK Healthcare, Department of Pediatrics, Lexington, Kentucky

 

What Youths Say About YouthAlert! (YA!) Violence & Bullying Prevention/Health Program

 

“It is inspiring and makes you want to be a better person.” Student, Waggener High School, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“I think it changes the way people feel about violence.” Student, Newburg Middle School, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“The program helped me realize a different side of violence and how to solve it.” Student, Atherton High School, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“I never knew violence was this bad but now I do.” Student, Leestown Middle School, Lexington, Kentucky

 

“I saw things in a whole different perspective! Thank you!” Student, Crawford Middle School, Lexington, Kentucky

 

“I loved it, changed me for the better.” Student, Western High School, Early College, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“It helps deter future violence among youth.” Student, Fern Creek High School, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“This presentation showed me that violence, we don’t need it, we need world peace.” Student, Lassiter Middle School, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“I found it Awesome.” Student, Iroquois High School, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“This program could help lots people please come back.” Student, Carrithers Middle School, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“Very, very inspiring.” Student, My Old Kentucky Home Middle School, Bardstown, Kentucky

 

“Thank you for coming I loved this presentation it was very amazing to learn about stopping violence.” Student, Winburn Middle School, Lexington, Kentucky

 

“This helped me a lot, I think other people should learn about this.” Student, Southern Middle School, Lexington, Kentucky

 

“I like how you made the presentation through our point of view.” Student, Jessie M. Clark Middle School, Lexington, Kentucky

 

“This presentation was good and gave a good and new perspective on violence.” Student, Conway Middle School, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“It made me think about violence and made me want to stand up for what is right.” Student, Meyzeek Middle School, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“Your presentation has helped me with bullying and can save a life.” Student, Knight Middle School, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“I loved the expression on kids faces when they got a different point of view.” Student, Bryan Station Middle School, Lexington, Kentucky

 

“This is a really good presentation & can change everything, even the world & peoples mind. It’s life-learning.” Student, Morton Middle School, Lexington, Kentucky

 

“I liked this a lot. It gives people another road to follow and think about instead of doing wrong” Student, Southern High School, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“This presentation could change people, and how they react to things. Very inspirational.” Student, Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School, Lexington, Kentucky

 

“Makes peoples spirit want to understand how important the issue is.” Student, Frederick Law Olmsted Academy South Middle School, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“Good presentation/slideshow. Very powerful information. Purpose of YA is strong and I will remember it.” Student, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“I enjoyed it very much and it was inspiring!” Youth, Stop Youth Suicide Conference, Lexington, Kentucky

 

“Very informative.” Youth, City of Louisville Office of Youth Development, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“I loved it.” Youth, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Division of Youth Services, Lexington, Kentucky

 

“I loved the presentation. The dude was nice.” Youth, Arbor Youth Services, Lexington, Kentucky

 

“Maybe not everyone, but it convinced me to fight against violence.” Resident, City of Louisville's Youth Detention Services, Louisville, Kentucky

 

“I like how enthusiastic you were, and how positive you were. Thank you for caring.” Resident, Fayette Regional Juvenile Detention Center, Lexington, Kentucky

YouthAlert! (YA!) Began in Kentucky, U.S.A.
Recognition from Kentucky Board Of Education, Kentucky Center for School Safety and the U.S. Dept. of Education
"As the Commonwealth's chief advocate for civil engagement, I am proud of your commitment to preventing youth violence and bullying. The Commonwealth looks to YA! as a national leader in youth training and and instruction." Honorable Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
Louisville Courier-Journal
Lexington Herald-Leader
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