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2015 Youth Violence Prevention Conference

14th Annual Youth Violence Prevention Conference
The Role of Community, Family, Labor Market, and Law Enforcement

Thursday, April 9th, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
University of Missouri-St. Louis
J.C. Penney Conference Center

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The Program:

Speakers at this year's conference examined strategies for responding to youth violence in general and in St. Louis specifically. 

Main Topics:

  • The role of jobs and the labor market on youth violence
  • The effect of parental of incarceration on the lives of children
  • Lessons from Ferguson
  • The role of law enforcement in preventing and responding to youth violence
  • An effective community-level prevention strategy

Who Should Attend:

  • Professionals who work with at-risk youth
  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Counselors
  • Public health workers
  • Probation officers
  • Youth advocates
  • Law enforcement officers
  • Students
  • Anyone interested in the welfare of children and youth


Jennifer Cobbina
School of Criminal Justice
Michigan State University
Violence Reduction Strategies from the Point of View of Ferguson Residents and Protesters

Robert Crutchfield
Department of Sociology
University of Washington, Seattle
Labor Markets, Disadvantage, Crime and Justice

Abigail Fagan
Department of Sociology, Criminology and Law
University of Florida
An Effective Community-based Approach for Preventing Adolescent Violence: The Communities That Care System

David Klinger
Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice
University of Missouri–St. Louis
Police Violence Against Youth in Community Context

Jane Siegel
School of Criminal Justice
Rutgers University
Hidden Costs of Mass Incarceration: Children of Incarcerated Parents

Organized by:

Dr. Finn-Aage Esbensen
E. Desmond Lee Professor of Youth Crime and Violence
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
University of Missouri–St. Louis


  • 7:45–8:45 AM | Registration and Continental Breakfast (Lobby)
  • 8:45–9:00 AM | Welcome and Conference Overview (Auditorium)
  • 9:00–10:00 AM | Robert Crutchfield | Labor markets, disadvantage, crime and justice
  • 10:00–10:20 AM | Break (Lobby)
  • 10:20–11:20 AM | Jane Siegel | Hidden costs of mass incarceration: Children of incarcerated parents
  • 11:20 AM–12:20 PM | Jennifer Cobbina | Violence reduction strategies from the point of view of Ferguson residents and protestors
  • 12:20–1:15 PM | Lunch (Summit Room)
  • 1:15–2:15 PM | David Klinger | Police violence against youth in community context
  • 2:15–3:15 PM | Abigail Fagan | An effective community-based approach for preventing adolescent violence: The Communities That Care system
  • 3:15–4:00 PM | Snacks Available in the Lobby


The registration fee is $35, which includes breakfast and lunch.


  • Des Lee Collaborative Vision
  • Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Professional & Continuing Studies

The Des Lee Collaborative Vision at the University of Missouri–St. Louis brings together key St. Louis educational, cultural and governmental institutions to establish programs and share resources that will benefit the St. Louis community. This is done through collaboration of more than 25 endowed professors and more than 100 member and community organizations in the St. Louis region. The Des Lee Collaborative Vision is connecting St. Louis through educational and community partnerships. Financial assistance for this conference has been provided by the Des Lee Collaborative Vision.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs):

.75 CEUs will be awarded for full attendance at the conference. One Continuing Education Unit is awarded for 10 hours of participation in a CE program.

Cancellation Policy:

The University reserves the right to cancel any program. In the event of cancellation, you will be notified immediately, and all program fees will be refunded or applied to a future program at your request. If you must cancel a registration, you are entitled to a full refund only if you cancel prior to the conference.


See conference materials of the 2014 Youth Violence Prevention Conference.