National Youth Violence Prevention Week

Community Empowerment Director

Charles F. Lomax, Jr.
(865) 215-2536

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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National Youth Violence Prevention Week is scheduled for April 12-16, 2021.

Founded in 2001, National Youth Violence Prevention Week (NYVPW) is a time for youth to lead communities on effective strategies to prevent youth violence. The campaign is a week-long event with each day of the week corresponding to a specific challenge for communities. Join with others around the country to unite and lift up youth who work to make their schools and neighborhoods safer.

Join youth and teens from across America to take a stand against violence!

APRIL 11, 2021

Event Kick Off

APRIL 12, 2021

Phyllis Wheatley Center (124 S Cruze St) Make A Shirt Monday
Youth will design their own shirts promoting awareness for National Youth Violence Prevention Week to be worn at Friday's community event. 

APRIL 13, 2021

Youth Mental Health First Aid canceled:
  April 28th is the next scheduled Youth Mental Health First Aid Training provided by Metro Drug Coalition 

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Phyllis Wheatley Center (124 S Cruze St) Tuesday!
Youth will host and participate in a TikTok contest using #StopTheViolenceKnox to promote NYVPW. These videos will be shared on the @PWC_YWCA TikTok account.

APRIL 14, 2021

Phyllis Wheatley Center (124 S Cruze St) Write It Out Wednesday
Youth are challenged to take part in a poetry contest to create a poem or spoken word that reflects their views on the importance of youth violence prevention.
NYVPW Poetry Contest Rules:
1. Students must be enrolled at a Knox County School served by the YWCA’s Phyllis Wheatley Center, in grades 6-12.
2. Students can enter their own work or have a teacher submit their entry.
3. All entries must be an original work of the individual student.
4. Appropriate topics include any subject related to National Youth Violence Prevention Week.
5. Poems should be less than 40 lines of text. Please note that blank lines between stanzas are not counted.
Ready to submit your poem? Click here! Contest winners will be announced on Friday, April 16, 2021.

APRIL 15, 2021


Phyllis Wheatley Center (124 S Cruze St) Thoughtful Thursday
Community Leaders are invited to come work in our Phyllis Wheatley garden with our youth! As the center turns over their garden beds, they will also turn over a new leaf in the community. After gardening, student and community leaders will come together for a round table discussion. Youth will be given the opportunity to voice their opinions, as well as, collaborate on wholistic solutions to violence prevention in the community. 

APRIL 16, 2021

Prayer in the Park
7 p.m.
Alex Haley Heritage Square
1871 Hazen Street
Faith Leaders from across our community will offer prayers and spiritual support as we close the official commemoration of Youth Violence Prevention Week and prepare to continue the work of reducing incidents of youth violence of every type and building safe, supportive communities for Knoxville’s youth.

Prayer Vigil in the Park

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Phyllis Wheatley Center (124 S Cruze St) Fun Friday
To round out National Youth Violence Prevention Week, the center will be hosting a socially distanced cookout and field day from 5 PM-7 PM. During this event their team will continue to share ways in which the community can continue to advocate for youth moving forward. Additionally, winners for Tuesday's TikTok challenge and Wednesday's poetry contest will also be announced.

APRIL 17, 2021

April 17 event
Move Event

APRIL 28, 2021

Metro Drug Coalition's Youth Mental Health First Aid TrainingClick here for registration. Click here for more information about Mental Health First Aid.