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Public invited to Understanding Youth Violence, a community forum


Julie Grimm, Public Health
Phone: (360) 397-8477

Vancouver, WA − Youth violence in Clark County is the topic of a community discussion 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room, 901 C St.

The event is hosted by Clark County Public Health Advisory Council and Board of County Commissioners. Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m.

“This event will help generate a more complete picture of youth violence here,” said Laurie Lebowsky, Public Health Advisory Council chair. “A better understanding of youth violence can ultimately improve community health by paving the way for stronger prevention efforts.”

A panel of experts will offer insights, discuss action steps, and answer audience questions. Panelists include:

• Sandra Matthewson, director of Prevention Center programs for Educational Service District 112. The programs include educational assistance, substance abuse prevention and intervention services, violence prevention and mentoring, and state-wide training for healthy communities.
• Clay Mosher, professor of sociology Washington State University Vancouver. He has written or co-authored five books and dozens of research articles on topics related to crime and juvenile justice.
• Jonathon Norton, a Youth Commission member with expertise in bullying.
• Sean Scrivner, Restorative Community Services coordinator, Juvenile Court.
• Joe Walsh, program coordinator for Safe Communities Task Force, which addresses youth gang issues. He coordinates prevention and intervention programs, including those for homeless and gang-involved youth.
• Beth Walton, family nurse practitioner for The Vancouver Clinic. She developed the Choose Life program to help educate, inspire and empower teens in suicide prevention.

The event also features a PhotoVoice exhibit of photographs and journal entries from leaders in Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington. Other youth organizations also will have displays.

Understanding Youth Violence marks the 10th anniversary of the Public Health Advisory Council.

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