This is a past program. Information is provided for archival purposes only.

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Underserved Teen Victims Initiative


Project Sites

The Underserved Teen Victim Initiative tapped into the creativity and energy of youth leaders and local organizations and supported them with a national network of training and technical assistance. Twenty-four ocal teams generated culturally appropriate messages and strategies for raising awareness of victimization and supporting underserved populations of teens:


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Adelante Chicas
Adelante Mujeres
Forest Grove, Oregon

Leadership Campaign to empower Latina girls
Y.O.V.A. Kids
American Indian Resource Center
Oakland, California

Awareness campaign about American Indians in the aftermath of the 1950's federal policy
Bright Horizons
Norfolk, Nebraska

Latino youth outreach campaign on teen dating violence PSA (.mp3)

G.R.E.A.T. Weed & Seed
City of Spartansburg Public Safety Department
Spartansburg, South Carolina

Runaway and homeless youth empowerment and leadership campaign
Youth Group
Crime Victim Care of Allen County
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Campaign to address cultural issues in Asian and African immigrant and refugees communities Poster
Family Advocacy Program
Bronx, New York

Outreach campaign to minority adolescent girls who are victims of sexual abuse T-Shirt

Hogar Escuela Sor Maria Rafaela
Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Runaway and Homeless youth T-Shirt
KC Love
Kansas City Anti-Violence Project
Kansas City, Missouri

Crimes against LGBTQ youth awareness campaign
Latinas Unidas pro un Nuevo Amanecere
L.U.N.A. Iowa
Des Moines, Iowa

Teen dating violence, domestic violence, and sexual assualt awareness campaign for the Des Moines Bosnian Community Poster:
Bosnian | English
Choctaw Tribal TEEN Court Program
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Teen Court
Choctaw, Mississippi

Outreach campaign to Indian LGBT youth PSA (.wma)
Hispanic Youth Image
Nevada Hispanics Services
Reno, Nevada

Teen dating violence outreach to Hispanic and Latino youth
Oakland Unified School District Office of Alternative Education
Oakland, California

Outreach to LGBTQI youth on hate crimes PSA (.mp3)
Bridgeport, Connecticut

Outreach to Hispanic and Latino Youth on teen dating violence
Shelter for Abused Women & Children
Naples, Florida

Domsetic violence and sexual assault awareness campaign for Hispanic and Latino youth
Don't Run Away
Stand Up for Kids Miami
Miami, Florida

Awareness campaign on the exploitation of homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth
DiY Youth
Texas Network of Youth Services
Austin, Texas

Campaign to promote youth advocacy excellence in youth serving organizations 
Turning Point for Women and Families
Flushing, New York

Domestic violence awareness campaign for Muslim girls from all ethnic backgrounds
Latina Resource Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Outreach campaign to Hispanic and Latino youth to develop, implement, and deliver services
United General Hospital
Sedro-Woolley, Washington

LGBTQ youth community health outreach campaign
WAPI Youth
WAPI Community Services
Seattle, Washignton

Outreach and advocacy for Asian Pacific Islander Youth
YWCA of Bergen County
Hackensack, New Jersey

Victimization of Hispanic, Asian, Muslim, Runaway, LGBTQI, and youth with disabilities campaign

YWCA Prevention Education Program
YWCA of Greater Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio

Victimization of LGBTQ youth in rural areas awareness campaign
YWCA of New Hampshire
Manchester, New Hampshire

Victimization of Hispanic and Latino, runways, and homeless youth campaign

This project is supported by Grant 2009-SZ-B9-K007, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this document are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.