Documentary Highlights Successful Strategy to Reduce Youth Violence and Homicide

In 1998, Join Together, Boston, produced a documentary video on Boston's comprehensive public-private sector strategy (called the Boston Strategy) to reduce youth violence and homicide.

Join Together is a national organization based at the Boston University School of Public Health. It is funded in part by RWJF to help communities working to reduce substance abuse and gun violence.

The Boston Strategy approaches violent juvenile crime through the building of coalitions and partnerships among the Boston Police Department, prosecutors, probation officers, correction officials, youth and social service personnel, judges, health professionals, parents, and young people.

Collectively, these groups employ three tactics (intervention, enforcement, and prevention) to protect both potential juvenile victims and perpetrators from the effects of violent crime.

Key Results

  • The video, made at the request of the RWJF Board of Trustees and titled The Boston Strategy: Stories of Change, was presented at the foundation's April 1998 Board of Trustees meeting. It informed the Trustees and staff about youth violence and strategic community actions to address this and other threats to the health and safety of urban youth.
  • The video was also used by Boston's Police Commissioner's office in its regular briefings on youth violence reduction efforts and in responding to community requests for information on the strategy.