Our Story

YVPRC is a partnership of young people, community members, artists, organizations, and scholars who are applying the best available science to violence prevention while recognizing the limitations of science in addressing the everyday challenges of many communities. We believe that racial injustice produces conditions that lead to young people viewing violence as their best option, and that by increasing everyone’s knowledge of black history we can help change the narrative about our communities, our people, and ourselves.
The Youth Violence Prevention Research Center (YVPRC) was established with a five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2015 as a National Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention. Based in the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, the YVPRC is led by Monica Wendel, Dr.P.H., M.A. and Maury Nation, Ph. D., associate professor, Vanderbilt University Peabody College of Education and Human Development. CDC Award # U01CE002711