This year's Los Angeles Gang Violence Prevention & Intervention Conference will focus on the criminalization of young people. This promises to be a robust conversation, and opportunity to share best practices, engage in changing the narrative around our young people, and meeting others leading this work. To submit a workshop proposal, please click here.
The deadline has been extended and proposals are now due Friday, January 8, 2016. See below for more details. Please share this announcement with anyone who may be interested in submitting a proposal for consideration.
2016 Los Angeles Gang Violence Prevention & Intervention Conference
Call for Workshops, Presentations & Trainings
Conference Dates: May 9 & 10, 2016
Location: 1000 N. Alameda St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
Submission Deadline: Proposals must be received by January 8, 2016
Each year, the Violence Prevention Coalition (VPC) and Hospitals Against Violence Empowering Neighborhoods (HAVEN) host a national (and increasingly international) conference focused on improving prevention and intervention services, practices, and policies addressing gang violence. The conference emphasizes multi-stakeholder collaborations, and cross-field dialogue and partnership, with a goal of changing the framework of gang prevention and intervention practice to incorporate the public health model. More than 300 practitioners, advocates, and stakeholders are expected to attend.
Our 2016 conference will focus on criminalization of youth – its impacts on youth development and positive options, exploring system-wide efforts at positive youth development as a public safety strategy, efforts to re-frame how we see young people, collaborations and system-level efforts to address decriminalization of young people, and case studies of providing positive youth supports.
Join us this year as we consider these issues and discuss how communities – schools, courts, law enforcement, service organizations, and youth and families – have and can come together to effectively understand the impacts of criminalization as a contributing factor to social normalization of violence – particularly gang violence. We will explore systems-level responses to invest in prevention, and examine what works, where there are challenges, how to communicate better with each other, and how to collectively move to solutions.
Call for Workshops: Concurrent Sessions
VPC and HAVEN invite proposals for concurrent workshops sessions to be held on Monday, May 9 and Tuesday, May 10, 2016. The Conference Planning Committee will select no more than ten (10) presentations in total for the conference.
Interactive presentations should be designed to last 60-75 minutes and should address one or more of the following:
- Linking criminalization of youth to gangs and gang involvement
- Criminalization of youth
- Promising Practices and Interventions
- Things that didn’t work
- Engaging faith community and faith leaders
- Law enforcement and trauma
- How to improve access points for prevention and Intervention (hospitals, schools, churches); building partnerships
- Systemic efforts to decriminalize youth/promote positive youth development
- Efforts to change the narrative around how we see young people
- Trauma -
- Passing down trauma
- Non-traditional approaches to trauma
- Strategies along the spectrum of prevention and intervention
- Creating a community of practitioners
- Institutionalizing legitimacy of solutions and collaborations (so not dependent on single police chief or officer)
- How to create functioning coalitions/surviving disagreements
- Public/private partnerships
- Gender issues/gender identity as a contributing issue to normalization of violence
- Mental Health
Guidelines for Submission
There are different categories for presentations: Workshops, “Deep Dive” Discussion Tables, Trainings, and Panel Discussions. We welcome all varieties; however, our goal is to have a diverse program in both subject matter and type of workshop. If you have a hands-on training in concrete skills that would be appropriate for a small group (max 25), please indicate you are requesting consideration as a “training workshop.”
Workshop proposal should include:
- Name, Title, Organization
- Mailing address, Email, Phone
- Biographical summary for each presenter, including credentials (200 words max)
- Handouts and Power Point presentations. We ask that PowerPoint presentations be limited to 20 slides.
- Workshop description, 600 words max. Description should include -
- Three learning objectives
- Evaluation results and data
- Unique features or impacts
- Explain your strategies to ensure audience understanding/participation.
- Describe specific audio‐visual needs or set‐up requirements
- List all presenters. Note who will serve as the Lead Contact for correspondence. There is a limit of 2 presenters for Workshop and 3 for Panel Discussion, inclusive of the moderator, unique requests for more presenters, speakers can be submitted but is subject to the approval of the Planning Committee and the request may effect your eligibility. VPC/HAVEN will assign a moderator, unless you have a specific moderator as part of your proposal.
Presentations will be selected based on:
- Overall relevance to conference theme.
- Added value to the conference as a whole, so that a variety of topics/viewpoints/approaches are represented.
- The degree to which the presentation promotes audience interaction
- Whether the presentation brings new/fresh content to the VPC/HAVEN audience.
Proposals must be received by January 8, 2016
Link to submit proposal:
Completed proposals can also be emailed to:
Notice of Selection
- LAGVPIC Advisory Committee will review all presentations and submit their recommendations to the VPC/HAVEN Planning Committee for final approval.
- The Lead Contact will be notified of the final decision via email and/or telephone.
- If your presentation is chosen and you are notified, changes in your presentation’s content (power point, information, hand out, etc.) and speakers (adding or subtracting) after the fact, will change your eligibility as your proposal will have to be re-submitted and go through due process as a new proposal.
Support for Presenters/Reimbursements
- VPC/HAVEN will waive the conference registration for maximum three presenters and will provide up to two nights’ accommodations (room+tax only) at the conference hotel for out of town presenters. VPC/HAVEN regrets that we cannot provide travel support or honoraria. Travel and per diem costs must be borne by the presenter(s).
- Registration and hotel accommodations provided by VPC/HAVEN to presenters are ‘non-transferable’.
Please note: the conference sells out every year, pushing the space to capacity, thus we cannot accommodate unexpected guests or visitors. Please be in touch with the conference organizers as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to make a special request.