Evaluation of a street outreach program for youth violence prevention

Violence in the United States is a preventable public health problem that disproportionately impacts youth and racial and ethnic populations. Although street outreach workers have been used to prevent youth violence, especially related to gangs, minimal evidence is available regarding whether these workers are effective at preventing youth violence. The purpose of this project is to evaluate the outreach Streetworker (SW) component of a youth violence prevention program of the United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) in Lowell, Massachusetts. Aims of the project are to: (1) document and describe characteristics and activities of the Streetworker; (2) assess the impact of the Streetworker outreach program on Lowell youth; and (3) develop an empirically based theoretical model illustrating how the Streetworker outreach program impacts youth violence. Through in-depth interviews, a survey of youth, and a review of SW records and logs, the project will document and describe SW training and outreach activities and assess Lowell youth's perceptions of the program's reach and impact. Deliverables will include preliminary and final reports for RWJF and UTEC, the development of an empirically based theoretical model that displays how SW activities can reduce youth violence, and peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $114,899.00

Awarded on: 3/9/2007

Time frame: 3/1/2007 - 6/30/2009

Grant Number: 59598


Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

615 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, 21205-2103


Shannon Frattaroli
Project Director


Keshia M. Pollack
Project Director