Campus- and community-wide education provides an opportunity for schools and communities to implement best practices in violence prevention and establish evidence-based programs that address demonstrated need. In addition to providing education, schools are encouraged to establish and/or expand communication between the school and with local law enforcement and the larger community in order to impact the entire student population and improve overall school climate.

Blueprints for Violence Prevention

In 1996, the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV), at the University of Colorado at Boulder, designed and launched Blueprints for Violence Prevention, a national violence prevention initiative to identify violence prevention programs that are effective. The project has identified 11 prevention and intervention programs that meet a strict scientific standard of program effectiveness, based upon an initial review by CSPV and a final review and recommendation from an advisory board, made up of experts in the field of violence prevention. The 11 model programs, called Blueprints, have been effective in reducing adolescent violent crime, aggression, delinquency, and substance abuse. The model programs can serve as a guide and resource for communities seeking to develop programs to achieve similar goals. To view the model programs, visit the CSPV website.