Youth in Hartford, CT are exposed to violence in their community at a disproportionately higher rate than youth residing in suburban and rural communities throughout the state. Within Connecticut, Hartford has a rating of five on the crime scale (100 meaning the safest) compared to West Hartford which is rated as 32 and Wethersfield, rated 54. Numerous school- and community-based programs have been established to confront this epidemic; however, less is known about the specific components of these programs that maximize youth engagement. My study seeks to understand the factors that affect participation in a youth violence prevention program. Findings are based on responses from a focus group with seven Peacebuilder facilitators in Hartford, Connecticut, in the spring of 2016. My research shows that factors such as mentor credibility and flexibility in implementing the curriculum may contribute to the success of engaging youth in a violence prevention program.
Brattan, Lyndsay, "Factors that Promote Engagement in a Youth Violence Prevention Program" (2016). Community Learning Research Fellows. 50.