Youth violence and crime prevention

RYF bids on public and private tenders and grants that focus on youth violence and crime in the United States and other parts of the Americas. Currently, RYF and its partners are promoting the following programs in this area…

Preventing youth social exclusion and violence using arts and sports as vectors of change.

Strengthening resilience to risk factors by…

  • Supporting primary and secondary school teachers in neighborhoods with high rates of social unrest and violence via training and capacity building to successfully work with students that have difficulties adapting to class and group work and connecting them when possible to the arts and sports programs already identified to enhance their self-esteem, teamwork  and concentration among other live skills.

  • Support ongoing programs at schools, Community-Based Organizations and other organizations that provide teen counseling (for teens and family members) in at-risk neighborhoods, guiding their education and work goals / expectations and connecting them to viable paths to achieve them. Work to enhance where possible their skills of investing their time and efforts in identifying identifying mid and long-term personal achievements and goals, using the arts and sports programs already identified.

  • Support ongoing programs to address threats to peaceful coexistence and reduce their causes through mediation and conciliation mechanisms within the school, neighborhood, family and beyond. And using when possible the identified arts and sports programs to strengthen capabilities of planning and working for collective goals.

  • Support ongoing programs to collect, systemize, analyze the data on youth violence and crime, organized both thematically and geographically, in order to help us, and other violence-prevention related programs, to present measurable results.

Program management

The program is structured around three axes of intervention, coordinated by RYF and implemented by associated partners.

Axes of intervention

  • Identification, in partnership with the administration of the beneficiary city, of associations and programs that can collaborate on the themes mentioned above, with the focus on at-risk neighborhoods.
  • Promote benchmarking opportunities with those engaged on the above-listed issues, including public, private and academic stakeholders.
  • Prepare and promote projects to implement best practices identified in the second axis.

Collaborative partners

The core of this program and its three axes is to connect expertise at the national and international level to support the local programs and partners in the identified areas of intervention.

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Beneficiary Cities

Our beneficiary cities are those that have partnered with RYF to enhance the scope of both the supply and demand of sports and arts programs, and their associated life skills, in specific neighborhoods.

Cities: San Salvador, Tegucigalpa, Corregidora, Bogotá and Medellín.

We begin in the USA with Baltimore: click here to find the short and long version of our proposal for intervention in Baltimore.


The goal is to encourage the identified organizations to prepare working papers presenting their experience in the related field, propose implementation strategies and to offer expected results.

These papers will be added to our Library and Documentation Center and presented in small conferences. They will be used later by RYF to prepare and promote concrete proposals for the support of those organizations in other beneficiary cities.

Citizenship Education

At RYF, we strongly believe that we can make a difference in the future of our youth through citizenship education. Moreover, we think that global citizenship values of respect, leadership, critical thinking, and understanding discrimination (to name but a few!) should be a part of every aspect of education. Focusing particularly on high school subjects, one of our key aims is to improve the provision of citizenship education in public high schools across the USA by introducing our affordable, accessible online course in global citizenship education here. We will do so together with our partners at the Global Citizenship Education Fund.

Are you a high school teacher? Do you know any high school teachers? Help us learn more about citizenship education in the USA by filling in, or sharing our quick survey!

If you want to contact us regarding the education program, please email