Gun Violence Prevention

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June is Gun Violence Awareness Month

For Gun Violence Awareness Month, young people across the Commonwealth are saying enough is enough. They are tired of grieving, and they deserve to feel safe in their communities.

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.

Meet the Statewide Coalition

Key Partnerships

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.

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.


May / June

Communications Working Group

May 2, 2022


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Private to GVP Coalition

Think: Kids Training



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Open to the Public

GVP Clinician/Mental Health Provider Support Group

May 18, 2022


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Private to GVP Coalition

Healthy Masculinity

June 2, 2022


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Open to the Public

Breakdown of
Community Violence in Massachusetts and the US

June 7, 2022


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Open to the Public – Staff and Young People

Reimagining Safety in
our Communities

June 22, 2022


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Open to the Public



Learning activities hosted in first two years

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 creates 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.

Improved Outcomes for Youth

With these trainings, programs operate 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.

Community Mobilization

Mobilize your community to support policies in the Commonwealth that reduce gun violence and uplift our young people.

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.