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Youth and Young Adult Violence Reduction

Since 2013, the City of Tacoma has implemented the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) Comprehensive Gang Model. This evidenced-based framework is a set of five core strategies that guide the coordination and community collaboration to reduce youth violence.  


The City continues to strategize on ways to enhance this approach to addressing youth and young adult violence and other crime prevention services that incorporate community feedback and the needs of our community.  


Comprehensive Gang Model (five core strategies) 

  • Community Mobilization - community engagement and collaboration 

  • Opportunities Provision - education, training, and employment programs 

  • Social Intervention - outreach and access to provision of services for gang-involved youth and their families 

  • Suppression - community policing with formal and informal social controls and accountability measures 

  • Organizational Change and Development - development of policy for effective use of resources 




This work is led by an Executive Steering Committee made up of local and state jurisdiction leaders, and community advocates.  


Each year, the Mayor selects a Council Member to Chair and Vice Chair the committee. The Executive Steering Committee consists of key policy-level members of the community interested in youth violence prevention, intervention, suppression, and systems change to help inform and guide the direction the City will take at reducing youth violence. 



Program supports 

The City sub-contracts with two agencies to convene the City’s Multidisciplinary Intervention Team (MDiT) and a Community Advisory Committee (CAC). Multiple sectors of the community (local government, law enforcement, juvenile justice, CBOs, lived-experience community members) collaborate to give input to the design and implementation of youth violence reduction strategies and help address needs and gaps in services.   


  • Multidisciplinary Team -Meetings each month with all City of Tacoma funded youth and young adult violence reduction and human trafficking providers, and other community stakeholders.  

  • Community Advisory Committee - Quarterly meetings with residents, service providers, clients, TPD, families of clients, community stakeholders, business leaders, faith-based organizations, and schools. 


The City recognizes the importance of providing comprehensive prevention and intervention programs to address violent crime and commercial sexual exploitation of children (human trafficking).  


To some, human trafficking can be seen as a high-profit, low-risk venture when there is an absence of other economic opportunities, despite the risks of violence and serious criminal involvement. This same lack of opportunity can often lead youth and young adults to engage in violent crimes.  


We are committed to investing in services that increase safety and supports systems, while decreasing violence in our community. We invest in programming that is trauma-informed, culturally relevant, evidence-based, and is centered in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).  


Read the Youth and Young Adult Violence Assessment of 2022 


By funding multiple providers for Youth and Young Adult Violence Reduction, we create greater sustainability of culturally relevant programs in the highest need communities. Programs and services support youth at-risk of committing violent crimes, human trafficking, and youth development programming. 


How To Get Involved:  


Community Advisory Board (CAC)  

The purpose of this group is to strategize ways to enhance the partnership between identified neighborhoods (Hilltop, East Side, and West of Tacoma Mall), service providers, and law enforcement, identify gaps in service, discuss areas of improvement, hear program implementation updates, and assess the structural issues that cause the problems with addressing youth and young adult violence and human trafficking. 



Multiple Disciplinary Intervention Team (MDIT)  

Monthly meeting held to share and collaborate among agencies serving youth and young adults who are gang/group-involved, or at risk of becoming gang/group-involved. The team-based approach helps ensure that all agencies working with these clients have a common goal and shared strategies for each client, as well as leverage resources and discuss other meaningful information to reduce violence and human trafficking within the community.  


  • The group meets the second Thursday of the month at 1 PM. 

  • Join the Zoom meeting here 

  • Meeting ID: 995 8296 7586 

  • Passcode: 660132 






Contact Information

747 Market Street
Room 836
Tacoma, WA 98402

Vicky McLaurin 

Systems and Strategy Division Manager

(253) 591-5058


Erin Watlington 

Community Resources Analyst, Senior 

(253) 312-6803 


Helpful Links

Surveys and Assessments

National Gang Center