Overview (Who We Are)

Our Mission

PCVPC's mission is to design, implement and evaluate programs that enhance the resiliency of communities affected by violence, and to reduce the frequency and impact of youth violence, injury and death in communities of West and Southwest Philadelphia. PCVPC researchers are committed not only to determining which interventions are most effective, but also to ensuring that these programs can be sustained in local communities through ongoing collaborations between scientists and community members.

Our Goals

PCVPC is committed to effectively performing Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). We continuously examine and make improvements to our communication, plans and structures to bring them in line with the principles and best practices of CBPR. For example, our academic partners, center partners, community members, and community organizations are involved in every phase of the research. We also understand the importance of building and maintaining respectful, trusting relationships with Center partners and organizations throughout the community. By doing so, we aim to ensure that we work together to respect and enhance the capacity for community members and community-based organizations of West and Southwest Philadelphia to engage in youth violence prevention efforts and to reduce the negative impacts of violence. 

Our Key Efforts

PCVPC's central research will implement violence prevention programs for 10- to 14-year-olds regardless of their experiences or current life situations. Following the initiation of these prevention programs, PCVPC will evaluate the outcome of these programs to ensure that they are effective in reducing youth violence and its contributing factors. These programs will be adapted for use in the West/Southwest Philadelphia community in partnership with community members, community-based organizations, and the youth and families for which they are designed. The Center also supports smaller research projects that seek to understand how violence affects the lives of these young people.

 A key goal of the Center will be to learn how to best share research results with the community. Our primary focus is not to only implement our violence prevention programs, but also to inform the community of our findings in order to benefit from our efforts. PCVPC is founded on a commitment to promote long-term sustainability of violence prevention programs within the community. Our mission is to have these programs produce permanent outcomes for both the youth for which they are designed and the community that yearns for results with true impact.

Along with the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice (CNSJ) at Drexel and the Firearm and Injury Center at Penn (FICAP), PCVPC serves as the Philadelphia headquarters of the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs (NNHVIP). The Network is a partnership of programs across the country that provide intervention services to individuals being treated for violent injuries.

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