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City Hires Youth Violence Prevention Manager

Aurora Hires Youth Violence Prevention Program Manager
Posted on 04/26/2021
Christina Amparan

As the city of Aurora continues to recognize National Youth Violence Prevention Week this week, it is welcoming Christina Amparan as the all-new Youth Violence Prevention Program Manager. She will lead the city’s efforts in bringing together city leaders, youth, community members, and community-based organizations to discuss effective youth violence prevention strategies.

“The Aurora City Council and city management are committed to ending violence among youth by merging the many efforts and resources currently available across the city, to tackle this issue more strategically,” Director of Housing and Community Services Jessica Prosser said. The new position is housed in her department.

“I will dedicate my time to building partnerships with community and system-based organizations who are committed to helping address the current impact of youth violence,” Amparan said. “The adolescent years are a critical time in a person’s life in learning the life skills that will help them be successful as young adults, and through adulthood. During this time, many face challenges and barriers that can leave a lasting impact which makes it a critical time to provide wraparound services and support to at-risk youth and their families.”

Amparan previously served as Director of Advocacy for the STRIVE Prep Charter School Network in Denver, and in various roles working with crime victims, youth and families at the Denver Department of Public Safety, Denver Human Services, the Denver City Attorney’s Office, and the Police Victim Services Unit that serves Thornton and Northglenn.

Building off a formal compact entered with the City and County of Denver in Fall 2020, Aurora will soon convene a Youth Violence Prevention Action Table of its own – a conglomerate of youth, community and city leaders, to identify immediate and actionable items needed to support youth violence prevention efforts. The compact with Denver addresses youth violence as a public crisis, identifies shared resources and opportunities, and recognizes that violence does not end or begin at municipal boundaries.

Aurora is committed to youth-led, community-informed, city-supported programming and opportunities. Already, the city is incorporating youth voice into its work by recently launching the Chief’s Youth Advisory Team through ‘A New Way’ plan at the Aurora Police Department, by hosting a Youth Advisory Committee at the Parks, Recreation & Open Space (PROS) Department, and by offering numerous other youth programs through various departments. The city will soon release a Request for Proposals (RFP) to qualified organizations interested in receiving funding to manage Youth Zone events this summer like the “safe zone” events hosted last summer in Aurora and Denver.

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