Preventing Violence within Valdez is not something AVV can do alone. In order to engage community members to make positive impacts and create community mobilization. We need all hands-on deck.
"True prevention is not waiting for bad things to happen, it's preventing things from happening in the first place."
Valdez Prevention Coalition compromised of pro-active leaders who are taking a stand against violence of all forms. Leaders from the counseling center, Valdez local city government, the police force, local businesses, and also Active Community Members. They have worked to build a comprehensive prevention plan with the goal of preventing first time victimization and first-time perpetration.
Lead On! For Peace and Equality is a youth engagement strategy based on a model that identifies, trains, and enlists the help of key opinion leaders to change social norms and behaviors. The program is based on effective behavior change theory, diffusion of innovation/social influence principles, which states that trends and innovations are often initiated by a relatively small segment of opinion leaders in the population. Once innovations are modeled and accepted, they then diffuse throughout a population, influencing others.