Choose Peace / Stop Violence


Youth violence and victimization has become a growing concern for our entire community. Whether it is bullying, gang activity, date rape, sexual assault or youth crime and juvenile delinquency, it is affecting our youngest and most vulnerable citizens.


 Why Choose Peace/Stop Violence?

  1. Broward County has the highest rate of juvenile referrals (arrests) in the State of Florida.
  2. Children and adolescents exposed to a greater number of individual, family, school, peer-related and community and neighborhood risk factors have a greater probability to engage in violent behavior.
  3. Children and adolescents in Broward County report that they have been exposed to risk factors that are predictors of violence.

Choose Peace/Stop Violence will bring together neighborhoods, municipalities, organizations and other groups already in place to identify, share and implement proven strategies that will help to reduce youth violence and create safe, healthy and thriving environments for our children and families.


Choose Peace/Stop Violence will reduce youth crime in Broward County by helping participating communities define and achieve their desired outcomes. Choose Peace/Stop Violence is a facilitator that gives credibility, voice and visibility to community concerns; provides a process for communities to identify strengths and weaknesses and develop an action plan; and provides a toolkit for communities to use to stay on track.



The Youth Anti-Violence Summit, held at the BankAtlantic Center on May 26, 2010 brought together more than 200 elected officials, students, law enforcement, faith-based leaders, the business community, charitable foundations, educators, the media, and other stakeholders interested in and committed to developing and participating in a community-wide collaboration on youth violence.  The purpose of the Summit was to begin to unite the community in an effort to address youth violence. It was a chance for community partners to identify strategies and develop action plans that promote community action.  From this groundbreaking event came Choose Peace/Stop Violence, a county-wide anti-violence movement whose vision is a violence-free community.


For more information please contact:

Lois Simpson

Prevention Specialist