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Youth Violence Prevention Conference

13th Annual Youth Violence Prevention Conference
Prevention and Intervention Strategies to Respond to Youth Violence in St. Louis

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
University of Missouri-St. Louis
J.C. Penney Conference Center

The Program:

Speakers at the 2014 conference examined strategies for responding to youth violence in general and in St. Louis specifically. 

Main Topics:

Who Should Attend:


Dr. Chris Melde
School of Criminal Justice
Michigan State University
Gangs and Adolescent Development

Dr. Hillary Potter
Department of Sociology
University of Colorado
Hood Work: Triumphs and tribulations of community activists' grassroots anti-violence efforts

Dr. David Pyrooz
College of Criminal Justice
Sam Houston State University
School of Hard Knocks: The impact of gang membership on educational attainment

Dr. Richard Rosenfeld
Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice
University of Missouri–St. Louis
Hot Spots Policing and Youth Crime Prevention

Dr. Sara Wakefield
School of Criminal Justice
Rutgers University
Children of the Prison Boom: Mass incarceration and childhood well-being

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



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


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 2013 Youth Violence Prevention Conference.