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Photo of Mayor Hancock with group of young men and the text Youth Violence Prevention: Intervene, Suppress, Prevent"

 

An average of 700 young people age 25 and under are directly affected by gun violence in Denver annually, according to death records, emergency department and hospital discharge data and crime reports.

- Denver Health

Young people are witnessing their friends and loved ones die at an alarming rate due to acts of gun violence. In response, Denver is committed to ending violence among youth by merging the many efforts and resources currently available across the city, to tackle this issue more strategically. That is why Mayor Michael B. Hancock has convened the Youth Violence Prevention Action Table (YVPAT) – a conglomerate of youth, community and city leaders, to identify immediate and actionable items needed to support youth violence prevention efforts.

“We can only break the cycle of youth violence by engaging young people in the conversation about solutions,” Mayor Hancock said.  “We want them to reach for resources, not weapons.  We want them to find fulfillment, not become trapped in the criminal justice system.  It is time for less talk and more action that champions young people’s ideas and voices.”

According to Denver Health, “…an average of 700 young people less than 25 years of age are directly affected by gun violence in Denver annually.”  The YVPAT calls on Denver’s clergy, business community, nonprofits, education advocates, youth, and all residents to join the efforts to save young lives.

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Youth Violence Prevention Action Table

Convened in 2019, the Youth Violence Prevention Action Table (YVPAT) increases collaboration and information sharing among city agencies, community organizations, and youth to address gaps and opportunities in youth violence prevention and intervention efforts. The YVPAT meets monthly. Additionally, the YVPAT’s executive committee meets bi-weekly under the leadership of City Attorney Kristin M. Bronson, Public Safety Officer Michael Sapp, and Chief Equity Officer Erin Brown.

  • Kwon Atlas, Operations Coordinator
    Office of the Mayor
  • Kristin Bronson, City Attorney
    Denver City Attorney's Office
  • Erin Brown, Deputy Chief of Staff
    Office of the Mayor
  • Gabrielle Bryant, Marketing & Communications Specialist
    Office of the Mayor
  • Brent Fahrberger, Council Aide, District 6
    Denver City Council
  • Pat Hedrick, Director
    Public Safety, Youth Programs
  • Sherry Jackson, Senior Advisor
    Department of Safety, Strategic Planning & Administration
  • Paul Kashmann, Councilman, District 6
    Denver City Council
  • Ryan Luby, Public Information Officer
    Denver City Attorney's Office
  • Matt Lunn, Manager - Strategic Initiatives
    Denver Police Department
  • Bob McDonald, Executive Director
    Denver Public Health & Environment
  • Daelene Mix, Chief Administrative Officer
    Public Safety, Office of Executive Director
  • Brendan Richards, Assistant City Attorney
    City Attorney's Office,  Prosecution & Code Enforcement (PACE)
  • Jay Salas, Director
    Office of Financial Empowerment & Protection, Human Rights & Community Partnerships
  • Michael Sapp, Governmental & Community Relations Liaison
    Public Safety, Office of Executive Director
  • Anthony Smith, Executive Director
    Cities United
  • Chief Ron Thomas, Division Chief
    Denver Police Department
  • Dionne Williams, Executive Director
    Office of Children's Affairs
  • January Wilson
    Denver Public Schools

Name

Agency

Title

Armah, Niiobli

Bloomberg Associates

Social Services, MBK Initiative

Ashton, Karla

Dream Culture Corp.

Chief Communications Officer

Atlas, Kwon

Office of the Mayor

Communications Analyst

Bacon, Jennifer

Denver Public Schools

Vice President Denver Board of Education

Bakes, Katie M.D.

Denver Health

M.D. - Pediatric Emergency

Banuelos, Anita

City Council District 7

Council Aide

Barney, Allison

Denver Public Library

Youth Service Manager

Becerril, Georgina

Denver Human Services

Child Welfare Administrator

Bentz, Darcie

Denver Health Trauma Services

Injury Prevention Coordinator

Bojanowski, Elizabeth

Public Safety - YDC Program

Supervisor

Bowser, Kimberly

Denver Police Department

Lieutenant

Bronson, Kristin M.

Denver City Attorney Office

City Attorney

Brown, Erin

Office of the Mayor

Deputy Chief of Staff

Burman, Bill M.D.

Denver Public Health

Director

Christensen, Kelli

Public Safety - Office of Executive Director

Director of Communications

Christenson, Blake

Department of Safety Strategic Resource Management

Senior Statistical Researcher

Cobb, Roger

Denver Economic Development & Opportunity

Community Development Representative II

Cobian, Angela

Denver Board of Education

Director, District 2

Coffman, Ruth

Department of Corrections

Deputy Executive Director

Cohn, Shawn

Denver District Juvenile Probation

Chief Probation Officer

Coyle, Connie

Denver Sheriff Department

Division Chief

Cueva, Teri

Adult Probation - City

Supervisor

Di Trolio, Elisa

Denver Police Department

Management Analyst Senior

Diggins, Elias

Denver Sheriff Department

Division Chief

Dulake, Mary

Public Safety - Office of Executive Director

Deputy Director - Compliance

Dunn, Jason

US Attorney Office - Co

US Attorney

Dyer, Doak

ATF - Denver Field Division

Assistant Special Agent in Charge

Eaton, Mike

Denver Public Schools

Director of School Safety

Ediger, Rose

Public Safety - YDC Program

Director

Elenz, Magen

City Council

Chief of Staff to CW Gilmore

Elias, Amber

Denver Public Schools

Lead Operational Superintendent

Fleck, Zachary

Public Safety - Office of Executive Director

Senior Financial Analyst

Gartner, Priscilla

Office of Public Defenders

Juvenile Division Supervisor

Gibbs, Linda

Bloomberg Associates

Principal, Social Services

GillespieCarter, Sonya

Department of Safety

Deputy Sheriff Major

Gilmore, Stacey

City Council

Councilwoman

Gomez, Frances

Denver Sheriff Department

Sheriff

Gonzalez-Guiterrez, Serena

Denver Collaborative Partnership

Director

Guerrero, Ismael

Denver Housing Authority

Executive Director

Harper, Demond

Probation Officer Supervisor

Probation

Hartman, Austin

Public Safety - Cadet Program

Program Manager

Haynes, Happy

Parks and Recreation

Executive Director

Heck, Cary

Adult Probation - District

Chief Probation Officer

Hedrick, Patrick

Public Safety - Youth Programs

Director

Hernandez, Nancy

Denver Economic Development & Opportunity

NDCC Director of Career and Family Education

Hinojosa, Francisco

Denver County Court

Probation Supervisor

Hiraga, Eric

Denver Economic Development & Opportunity

Executive Director

Holliday, Jeff

Department of Public Health & Environment

Manager - OBHS

Horton, Gianina

Office of the Independent Monitor

Project Manager

Dr. Huss, Shiela

University of Colorado - Denver

Senior Instructor

Jackson, Sherry

Department of Safety Strategic Planning /Admin

Senior Advisor

Jacobson, Anders

Colorado Division of Youth Services

Executive Director

Janiszewski, Melissa

Office of Children's Affairs

Strategic Partnership Coordinator

Johnson, David

Colorado Department of Corrections

Director of Adult Parole

Johnston, Courtney

Denver DA's Office

Senior Deputy DA

Kashmann, Paul

City Council District 6

City Councilman

Lineman, Jane

Denver Public Schools

Student Safety Coordinator

Luby, Ryan

Denver City Attorney's Office

Public Information Officer

Lunn, Matthew

Denver Police Department

Management Analyst Specialist

Maes, Deanna

Adult Probation - City

Chief

Mares, Don

Human Services

Executive Director

Martin, Benita

Denver District Attorney's Office

Diversion Director

Martinez, John

Parks & Recreation

Deputy Manager

Martinez, Omar

Public Safety - YDC Program

Supervisor

Mauro, Greg

Public Safety - Community Corrections

Director

Mauro, Tricia

Denver Juvenile Probation

Probation Supervisor

McCabe Nikki

Department of Finance

Senior Budget Analyst

McCann, Beth

Denver DA's Office

District Attorney

McDaniel, Michelle

GRASP Youth/ Denver Health AIM

Program Manager/ Outreach Worker

McDonald, Bob

Department of Public Health & Environment

Executive Director

McGrath, Merideth

Colorado Department of Corrections

Deputy Director

Mckay, Ty

Dream Culture Corp.

CEO

McMillan, Jonathan

Chief Success Strategist

Be Better Than Average, LLC

Mitchell, Nicholas

Office of the Independent Monitor

Independent Monitor

Mix, Daelene

Public Safety - Office of Executive Director

Chief Administrative Officer

Monroe, Nicole

Public Safety - Youth Programs

Program Manager - Juvenile Services Center

N'diyae, Mariama

Bloomberg Associates

Social Services, MBK Initiative

Nguyen, Cynthia

Al Revolution

CEO

Okubo, Derek

Human Rights & Community Partnerships

Executive Director

Pace, Joey

Office of Children's Affairs

Youth Success Director

Pazen, Paul

Denver Police Department

Chief of Police

Piscopo, Lisa

Office of Children's Affairs

Deputy Director - Policy & Research

Rangel, Celeste

US Attorney Office - Co

Asst US Attorney

Richards, Brendan

City Attorney's Office - PACE

Assistant City Attorney

Robinson, Rachel

District Attorney's Office

Deputy District Attorney

Russell, Jeff

ATF Denver Crime Gun Intelligence Center

Supervisory Special Agent

Salas, Jay

Human Rights & Community Partnerships

Director, Office of Financial Empowerment & Protection

Salinas, James

Denver Parks & Recreation

Director, Recreation

Sapp, Michael

Public Safety - Office of Executive Director

Governmental & Community Relations Liaison

Schaible, Lonnie

University of Colorado - Denver

Director, Criminal Justice Research Initiative

Silva, Juan

Denver District Attorney's Office

Assistant DA - Juvenile Unit

Smith, Anthony

Cities United

Executive Director

Smith, Katie

City Attorney's Office - Human Services

Asst City Attorney - Division Director

Sotello, Melissa

Denver City Council

Council Aide

Stancil, Andre

Colorado Department of Corrections

 

Straight, Lisa

Department of Public Health & Environment

Director

Stremming, Erin

Denver Human Services

Administrator

Sublet, Chad

Denver City Attorney Office

Senior Asst Attorney

Taylor, Nicole

Office of the Independent Monitor

Community Relations Director

Thomas, Ron

Denver Police Department

Division Chief

Thompson, Tamara

Office of Public Defenders

Public Defender - Juvenile

Valenzuela, Maritza

Denver Public Health

Youth Health Manager

Wachter, Laura

Public Safety - Office of Executive Director

Chief Financial Officer

Waidler, Kelly

Denver District Attorney's Office

Senior Deputy DA

Whitfield, Bradley

Denver City Attorney Office (PACE)

Assistant City Attorney

Williams, Dionne

Office of Children's Affairs

Executive Director

Williams, Johnnie

GRASP Youth

Chief Operating Officer

Wilson, January

Denver Public Schools

 

Woods, Brett

Denver District Juvenile Court

Presiding Judge

Yeaw, Jennifer

Denver Human Services

Chief of Staff


Youth Violence Prevention Videos

Watch Mayor Hancock's "The Rest of The Story with Mayor Hancock" videos as well as his "Community Call on Youth Gun Violence", and "Youth Violence Prevention: Action Table: Covid-19: Confronting Two Public Health Crises".


 

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Youth Program Microgrants

Under the direction of Denver Public Safety Youth Programs, the City and County of Denver is releasing microgrants to boost summer engagement services for youth. 

You can learn more and apply for a microgrant now.

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