Organizational History:

YouthPlaces' origin is directly connected to the work of the Youth Crime Prevention Council (YCPC), established in 1994 by the US Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. The Council was a broad-based collaboration of community leaders representing local governments, foundations, businesses, social services, schools, law enforcement, and community based organizations dedicated to a single purpose: to reverse the rising tide of youth crime and violence in communities throughout Allegheny County.

In 1997, the Council adopted a strategic plan focused on crime prevention, social service intervention, and community organizing, which provided a framework for enhancing and prioritizing countywide efforts to serve youth. It was out of that focus on crime prevention that YouthPlaces was born, initially serving 5 neighborhoods and ultimately growing to include 17 sites serving more than 6,000 youth in 2005.

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