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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