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2016 Youth Violence Prevention Conference

15th Annual Youth Violence Prevention Conference

Strategies for Youth Violence Prevention

Thursday, April 7, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
University of Missouri-St. Louis
J.C. Penney Conference Center

Download the brochure (PDF)

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 effect of gun violence on young black males
  • Mental health and youth violence
  • School-based bullying prevention programs
  • Juvenile justice programs and practices
  • National strategies for violence prevention

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


Jerry H. Dunn
Executive Director, Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis
University of Missouri-St. Louis
Mental Health and Youth Violence

Dorothy Espelage
Edward William Gutgsell & Jane Marr Gutgsell Endowed Professor, Department of Educational Psychology
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
School-based Bullying Prevention Programs

James C. “Buddy” Howell
Retired, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
U.S. Department of Justice
Juvenile Justice Tools and Evidence-based Programs

Joseph B. Richardson, Jr.
Associate Professor, African-American Studies and Sociology
University of Maryland
Gun Violence and the Effect on Young Black Males

Nancy Rodriguez
Director, National Institute of Justice
U.S. Department of Justice
National Strategies for Youth Violence Prevention

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 | Nancy Rodriguez | National Strategies for Youth Violence Prevention
  • 10:00–10:20 AM | Break (Lobby)
  • 10:20–11:20 AM | Joseph B. Richardson, Jr. | Gun Violence and the Effect on Young Black Males
  • 11:20 AM–12:20 PM | Jerry H. Dunn | Mental Health and Youth Violence
  • 12:20–1:15 PM | Lunch (Summit Room)
  • 1:15–2:15 PM | Dorothy Espelage | School-based Bullying Prevention Programs
  • 2:15–3:15 PM | James C. “Buddy” Howell | Juvenile Justice Tools and Evidence-based Programs
  • 3:15–4:00 PM | Snacks Available in the Lobby


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


Please park on the top level of the West Drive Garage.  It is number 52 on this map.  Parking elsewhere without an UMSL parking sticker may result in a ticket.


  • Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice
  • Des Lee Collaborative Vision
  • College of Arts & Sciences

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. If you must cancel a registration, you are entitled to a full refund if your cancellation is received by the day prior to the start of the program.

See conference materials of the 2015 Youth Violence Prevention Conference.