Teach yourself and other young people anger management techniques so that they learn to recognize and prevent violence in themselves and others.
Some basic techniques include: recognizing the physical signs of anger (such as tension/stress), learning to take a “time out” and walk away, and figuring out the ways to calm yourself when you feel anger arising.
Spearhead efforts to help mobilize the community, such as organizing a day to pick up trash or plant trees in a central location.
Ask the local library to provide you with space for a peace exhibition or ask friends to draw, write stories and poems regarding different things that could be done to prevent violence in your community.
Lead and encourage efforts at school to have an awareness campaign regarding youth violence prevention. (for example, the National Youth Violence Prevention Week is funded by the National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere, and is organized with the Guidance Group and the National Youth Violence Prevention Campaign. The campaign involves challenges and activities to promote peaceful approaches and safe behavior in violent situations.)
Join a youth city council and work against youth violence, or if there is none, ask the local council to form a youth council to actively work and combat youth violence.
Mobilize different agencies in the community to coordinate their programs to prevent gang involvement. These programs might include: at-risk youth education, training and employment programs to deter gang involvement, actively reaching out to gang-involved youth and their families.
Explore local opportunities to learn and participate in the ongoing conversations and programs that address violence prevention