About the Training Center (TC4E)

Through funding provided by the Department of Public Health in partnership with Health Resources in Action (HRiA), UTEC launched the Gun Violence Prevention Training Center for Excellence (TC4E) in 2019 to address gun violence through both a public health and racial equity lens.

The TC4E delivers training, technical assistance, and network-building to the statewide Gun Violence Prevention cohort of 15 community based, youth serving, violence prevention organizations.

Staff Training

Starting in 2021, various workshops related to the expertise areas listed above will be offered to the general public. Facilitators will often partner with direct service providers and researchers to create an informed, engaging, and collaborative learning environment.

Technical Assistance

UTEC’s training institute partners with internal and external experts in their field to provide instruction, skills training, and consulting services

Peer Exchange

A space where learning communities can supports one another to work synergistically with their partners to employ community mobilization strategies and engagement activities and share challenges and success with partners in the field.

Learning Community

Streetwork and community-based anti-violence work is an essential service in cities with histories of poverty and violence. Get all municipal departments trained on how to collaborate with this critical subset of youthwork, from police and probation to the departments of economic development and public health.



74 Learning Activities Hosted in First Two Years

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, the TC4E has successfully continued its sessions virtually.


Meet the Statewide Coalition


Effective Gun Violence Prevention

Effective gun violence prevention organizations conduct streetwork that prevents, interrupts, and responds to violent incidents, while providing youth with services and opportunities. While the approach of each organization is community-specific, violence prevention professionals share unique experiences and challenges.  

By necessity, organizations spend their days responding to urgent needs of the young people they serve without time built-in to reflect on their practices. The TC4E aims to create space and time for reflection, sharing best practices, professional development, and building a network of relationships between organizations across the state who are engaged in this work.

All learning activities hosted by the TC4E are aimed to help the cohort integrate the following guiding principals into their program:

By training organizations how to operationalize these eight principles, programs will be operating from a framework that equips youth and young adults with the tools and resources they need to build  relationships with caring adults, self-efficacy, workplace competencies, and confidence.


Emerging Leaders Learning Collaborative

GVP Emerging Leaders Learning Collaborative is a small group focused on developing the next generation of leaders of color in violence prevention. Emerging leaders receive coaching and targeted professional development and build a network of fellow emerging leaders.

Leaders evaluate passions and skills, set goals, gain understanding of how systemic racism influences professional settings, and develop strategies to overcome systemic barriers.


Feedback from Cohort Members

I loved the facilitation style! Warm, friendly, and present. Not pushing people to a place they didn’t want to go, but asking people to do the work from where they could. I also appreciated the openness of the people in my last two breakout sessions to share relevant experiences they’ve had in their organizations.

The facilitators are highly knowledgeable and engaging. The content was affirming. Our staff has done mapping activities as part of our planning/training in the summer.

The information was so important to our org but so palatable – I walked away feeling energized and empowered with new knowledge.


TC4E’s Key Partnerships

Health Resources in Action is a leader in developing programs that advance public health and medical research. We work with governments, communities, scientists, and nonprofit organizations that share an imperative for resolving today’s most critical public health issues through policy, research, prevention, and health promotion.

DPH promotes the health and well-being of all residents by ensuring access to high-quality public health and healthcare services, and by focusing on prevention, wellness, and health equity in all people.


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