Youth Violence Prevention Spoken Word Videos

There are a range of factors that contribute to the challenges that youth face and their ability to seek help, adjust, or rebound from adversity. Many of the mechanisms found within the Best Practices for Violence Prevention and Trauma Intervention can be seen in the everyday experiences that youth have, as well as in the strategies that they utilize to cope with the effects of community violence.

As part of our If Youth Can, Then I Can campaign, the Urban Youth Trauma Center has partnered with Free Write Arts & Literacy, an organization that allows incarcerated or court-involved youth to tell their own stories through performance, visual art, and literary art.

Click on each Best Practice below to watch videos developed by youth that have used the art of poetry to detail their own personal experiences with community violence. Each poem gives examples of the key components found within the 5 best practices for violence prevention and trauma intervention.


Best Practice

1. Know the signs…Be supportive

2. A Sense of Trust

3. A Sense of Mastery

4. Feeling Safe

5. Changing the Message


Youth Violence Prevention Spoken Word Videos

“Lost” by Kermina, Free Write Arts & Literacy