SCY's Policy Agenda was developed through a collaborative process that began in November of 2012. SCY's coalition identified policy priorities that were further refined by SCY's 2013-2014 Steering Committee. Every two years, SCY does a revision of policy priorities through collaborative consensus-building by working with partners to develop revisions and new ideas. These ideas are reviewed, language is refined and drafted into a document for comment. This draft is examined and finalized to create the official policy agenda.
Download printable version of SCY's 2017-2018 Policy Agenda.
SCY's Policy Principles
- Developmental approach that recognizes how violence emerges over the life course and the impact of trauma on development.
- Ecological approach which notes that violence and its solutions occur at the individual, family, community, and societal levels.
- Knowledge that each child, family, and community is unique.
- Recognition that it is better to keep a child or family from being exposed to violence than to treat the effects of exposure.
- Strength-based approach that focuses more on development of assets and skills than on remedy of deficits.
- Acknowledgement that violence prevention requires involvement from many different disciplines.
- Emphasis on data including encouragement of strong surveillance, use of local data, evidence-based polices, and evaluation.
- Attention paid to enhancing existing infrastructures, sustainability, implementation, and funding.
- Participation of the people and organizations most affected by the policy in its development.
- Acceptance of the fact that violence cannot be addressed without addressing race, segregation, gender, sexual orientation, and poverty.
- Basis in social justice, ensuring that potential negative effects of policies should not be borne disproportionately by already oppressed populations.
SCY's Policy Priorities
- Raise public awareness of how positive parenting contributes to academic, economic and family success, and promote culturally competent parenting enrichment opportunities.
- Develop strategies to build needed capacity for community-based organizations in high-need areas to deliver quality programs for youth and families.
- Support gun violence prevention policies that have been shown to make a difference, including anti-trafficking laws and enforcement measures and evidence-based approaches to keep guns from dangerous people.
- Decrease detention and incarceration and minimize arrests, and reinvest savings into community-based resources alternatives, prevention, and early intervention.
- Implement sustainable funding mechanisms for school-based, community-based, and faith-based mental health and substance abuse services, including health promotion, standardized screening, connection to services, and outcome tracking.
- Support justice policies in all settings that reflect evidence regarding brain development, including knowledge about the impact of trauma.
- Build cultures of compassion at schools across all levels of the socioecological model.
- Promote economic and community development, including strategies such as affordable housing and quality of life planning.
- Reduce use of disciplinary practices that remove children from school in Chicago Public Schools and promote approaches that foster supportive school climates.
- Redefine the concept, process and impact of “arrest” for youth.