The Cabarrus Health Alliance, via a 3-year grant award from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is implementing the Stop School Violence Program in partnership with the Kannapolis City and Cabarrus County Schools districts. The goals of the program are to Reduce and Prevent school violence through utilizing a two-phased approach focusing on Building Resiliency (Phase I) and Cultivating Restorative Practices and Conferencing (Phase II). This will be achieved through a series of innovative trainings and follow-up technical assistance opportunities targeted at educators and administrators that focus on universal and intensive classroom-based approaches found effective in improving overall school climate.
The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) comprises of 11th and 12th grade students from various high schools in Cabarrus County and Kannapolis City school systems. YAC focuses on youth-civic engagement activities and provides an avenue for youth to amplify their voices for effective community change. YAC provides peer support, leadership skills, and participation in community activities. The YAC helps youth organize and supervise programs for the benefit of area youth and the community and serve as an advisory committee on youth affairs to local leaders.