The Rough DraftThroughout this course, you have been working toward your final project. This week, you will be submitting a rough draft of that project. Using the information from your outline, your bibliography, and your literature review, combine the information to create a rough draft (you will have the opportunity for this to be reviewed by your instructor and your peers). Once you have completed your work, post it to W6 Discussion: Peer Review forum. Note that we will return to this forum in week 6. Pay close attention to the following criteria to ensure you covered everything.For All Assignment TypesYour assignment should be well-organized and demonstrate an orderly flow of information that clearly addresses the subject chosen. In addition to the above criteria, your final project should include the following elements. You have three options in how you can present your final project:As a PaperYour paper should be creative and demonstrate what you have learned. It should be a minimum of 5-7 pages in length and you will use APA style formatting with a title page and reference section. You should use Times New Roman, 12pt. font, double-space your lines, and set your page up with one inch margins. See the APA templates at Writing Commons for details on how to format your paper.As a PresentationLike the paper option, your presentation should be creative and demonstrate what you have learned throughout the project. Your presentation should be 8-10 minutes in length, include visual elements (graphics, pictures, etc.), be presented using a program such as PowerPoint or Prezi, and you should record yourself giving the presentation. Consider using screen capture programs such as JING or Screencast-O-Matic.As a SpeechAs it is in the other two options, your speech should be creative and demonstrate what you have learned throughout the project. Your speech should be 8 to 10 minutes in length and include a typed handout. The Community Organization: Clearly indicate the focus of the organization and the community needs that the organization wants to address. A brief historical background of the organization should also be included.Discuss any community partnerships that they have. Suggest additional partnerships that you feel they should have.Explore how the cross-cultural challenges and humanitarian considerations are involved.Demonstrate how the organization uses volunteers and the economic benefits associated with this (not just “free labor”).Illustrate any roadblocks that the organization has faced or potential could face and how they did or might find solutions.Describe the organization’s vision for the future.Indicate what areas in which you feel the organization could improve. What challenges (technological, political, economic, laws and regulations, community-based initiatives, educational, etc.) will they need to overcome?Discuss potential ways you might be able to contribute to the organization. How could your own interests, talents, and skills benefit this organization?Research:You will need to include a minimum of ten (10) sources to support your project claims.Writing:Title your ProjectIntroduction: Begin with the attention-getter, tie in the background information, and end the introduction with your thesis. Body:Clearly identify the topic of each section. The topic must be a statement, not a question, and should begin with your own ideas and your own words.After identifying your topic, use quotations or paraphrase from your sources to help illustrate the point you are making (be sure to identify the author(s) and source(s)).After you have given support, spend a sentence or two explaining how the example(s) support the section topic.A compilation of your research, your literature review, your methods, (how the data was collected or generated and analyzed), and your results should be included in the body of your project.Conclusion:Restate your thesis. After stating your thesis, restate the topics from each of your body sections and emphasize what is important for your audience/readers to remember.End your conclusion with a call to action that illustrates what your audience/readers should do with the information you presented.Running Head: FINAL PROJECT DRAFT
Alexandra Rivers
December 20, 2016
Planning your Goals, Intentions and Approach
Waging peace: Combating Youth Violence through Community Partnerships: The role of
Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence (JHCPYV) in Baltimore,
Youth violence has emerged as a serious issue of social concern that is negatively
impacting many communities in various states across the nation (Goldblum, 2015). The Johns
Hopkins Center for the prevention of Youth Violence (JHCPYV) is one community organization
that is making profound contributions towards developing a peaceful community free from youth
violence. Essentially, JHCPYV is among the six Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence
Prevention that was established and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in
U.S. The main mission for this community organization is curb youth violence and support
positive youth development in the Lower Park Heights community of Baltimore city (Mercy,
Butchart & Farrington, 2002). Incidents of youth violence are very high in Baltimore and the
City was even ranked the fifth in murder cases in the nation in 2009 and the homicide rates for
youth were even higher than the national rates for these respective age groups. The JHCPYV
center aims to prevent youth violence through academic-community collaborations that work
towards monitoring and identifying youth violence, factors contributing to youth violence,
interventions that can be utilized to combat youth violence and measures that can be put in place
to reduce and prevent youth violence (Health, 2016).
The key players within the JHCPYV organization include community researchers,
students, faculty, staff members and partners from academic based in Baltimore City, officials
from state and local governments, partners from different agencies situated in Maryland and
Baltimore City as well as the local residents, parents and youth. The three main goals of the
JHCPYV organization are to create and maintain an efficient governance infrastructure for
promotion of evaluation and implementation activities, design and evaluate a multifaceted
evidence-based approach that can be instrumental in prevention of youth violence and finally
integration of appropriate training activities for educators, the youth, researchers, community
residents as well as the practitioners in combating youth violence (Kingston, Bacallao,
Smokowski, Sullivan & Sutherland, 2016). This organization may be interesting to my audience
as it will serve as an eye opener to the prevalence of youth violence in the high-risk community
of Baltimore and the significant role being played by the JHCPYV in combating this violence
and restoring sanity to the community (Health, 2016).
The aim of this project therefore is to explore the role of the JHCPYV organization to the
Baltimore community in the prevention of youth violence, the existing support groups for the
organization, the challenges, roadblocks and humanitarian issues that come into play and the
potential areas that need improvement for the organization to realize its vision for the
Readers/ Audience
The target audience for my project will mainly include my classmates who are college
educated and who just know as little or as much as I do on the subject. These readers already
know about the issue of youth violence in communities but what they need to know from my
work is how community organizations strive to combat youth violence and bring about sanity in
the society. In particular, this audience will need to the role being played by the JHCPYV
organization in preventing youth violence in the Lower park Heights community of Baltimore
I will meet the needs of these readers by providing them with appropriate background
information on the issue of youth violence in the high-risk community of Lower Park Heights of
Baltimore as well as on the John Hopkins Center for Prevention of Youth Violence so that they
can have a clear understanding and basic background knowledge of what I will be presenting.
For this, I plan to utilize both primary and secondary sources of data collection. With
regards to the primary sources, I will collect the relevant information by administering
questionnaires to the respective staff and officials at the Johns Hopkins Center for Prevention of
Youth Violence so as to obtain first-hand information on how the organization works towards
preventing youth violence in Baltimore. I will also interview other stakeholders who partner with
JHCPYV in the fight against youth violence such as officials at CDC and state government to
obtain information on how they collaborate to serve the community and prevent youth violence.
For secondary data collection, I will review works from different researchers in peerreviewed articles and journals as well as from various books and publications that have highlight
the activities of the organization in preventing violence in the Baltimore community. I will also
review different websites that contain information regarding the organization’s activities so as to
obtain updated information on the activities being undertaken by the organization and its role in
combating domestic violence in the community.
With regards to the results, I hope to find that JHCPYV is an instrumental organization
that is playing a crucial role in combating youth violence in the Lower Park Heights community
of Baltimore. I think I will be able to discover the extent to which the organization has helped to
reduce cases of violence among the youth and how it has helped to build a safe environment for
youth in Baltimore. From the data collection, I also hope to find the challenges being
encountered by the organization in its effort to prevent to prevent youth violence and restore
sanity in the society and how the CDC has helped JHCPYV in its initiatives through the funds it
extends to the organization.
From the information, I have gathered so far, I have learnt that community organizations
play a crucial role in creating a safe environment and promoting the welfare of community
members. For this project, in particular, I have learnt that youth violence is serious issue of
concern in the Lower Park Heights community of Baltimore and one community organization,
the Johns Hopkins Center for Prevention of Youth Violence (JHCPYV) is playing a vital role in
combating this vice and promoting a safe living, schooling and working environment for the
youth of Baltimore City. I have also discovered that community organizations succeed in their
mission of improving the welfare of communities when they collaborate with other partners and
stakeholders to support and champion their course. In its quest for preventing youth violence, the
JHCPYV encounters many challenges and challenges and barriers that hinder it from realizing
success in every aspect of its undertakings. This is in line with my thesis which aimed at
examining the role played by the JHCPYV in combating youth violence, its collaboration with
community partners as well as the challenges the organization faces in its efforts to prevent
youth violence. All this falls under the scope of service learning and civic engagement as it’s
clearly brings out the organization’s endeavors in supporting meaningful community service and
fulfilling its civic responsibility.
Goldblum, P. (2015). Youth suicide and bullying: Challenges and strategies for prevention and
Health, J. (2016). Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School
of Public Health. Retrieved 20 December 2016, from
Kingston, B., Bacallao, M., Smokowski, P., Sullivan, T., & Sutherland, K. (2016). Constructing
“packages” of evidence-based programs to prevent youth violence: Processes and
illustrative examples from the CDC’s Youth Violence Prevention Centers. The journal of
primary prevention, 37(2), 141-163.
Mercy, J. A., Butchart, A., & Farrington, D. (2002). Youth violence.

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