by Sean Hedden
In a recent story by The Miami Herald, Youth Crime Watch (YCW) was highlighted as program where youth are doing good for their community. Since 1979, YCW has provided children with “proactive strategies to create safe schools for all students.” By working with the local school districts, Youth Crime Watch is offered as an “extracurricular program that functions as a club or group.” Students create their own program that keeps their school safe and prevents crime and violence depending on their needs. By promoting “positive peer pressure” and “leadership skills”, active youth encourage a safe environment for the rest of the student body.
As illustrated on their website, YCW lists a number of activities students can create on campus, including how to anonymously report crime and how to create awareness about youth violence. This program is a shining example of how a community can cooperate with law enforcement, city officials, school districts, and students to create realistic violence prevention programs for their specific situation.