Upcoming webinar – The UNITY RoadMap: A Framework for Preventing Youth Violence

September 12, 2013

Network faithful should note a great webinar sponsored by the Children’s Safety Network coming up quickly on Monday, September 16. The Children’s Safety Network is a national resource center for the prevention of childhood injuries and violence. They offer expertise on a wide range of injury topics to State and Territorial Maternal and Child Health and Injury and Violence Prevention programs.

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Violence is preventable, and more U.S. cities are exploring public health approaches to create safe, thriving communities. Prevention Institute developed the UNITY RoadMap for cities to more effectively and sustainably prevent violence before it occurs. Grounded in partnerships and prevention strategies, the UNITY RoadMap describes the essential elements for implementing a comprehensive strategy. Presenters will introduce the UNITY RoadMap and describe how its elements have been integrated into local efforts, such as the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative.

Learning Objectives: 
During this webinar, participants will learn about:

  • The importance of coordination and collaboration for preventing youth violence
  • The essential elements of an effective and sustainable violence prevention initiative
  • A practitioner’s experience applying the UNITY RoadMap in Seattle


  • Benita Tsao
    benitaBenita Tsao coordinates Prevention Institute initiatives that prevent violence and promote community safety. She supports Urban Networks to Increase Thriving Youth (UNITY) and develops tools, training and publications for local governments and non-profit organizations to more effectively and sustainably prevent violence before it occurs. Recent topics of interest include violence as a health inequity, and roles for various sectors to prevent violence and coordinate efforts. Benita earned a master’s degree in community health sciences at the UCLA School of Public Health, and received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from UC Berkeley. 
  • Mariko Lockhart
    marikoMariko Lockhart directs the City of Seattle’s Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. The community-based comprehensive effort aims to reduce youth violence by focusing on about 1,100 youth most at risk in Central, Southeast and Southwest Seattle. Mariko served as a President and State Director of Communities In Schools of New Jersey where she was responsible for the management and operations of the statewide dropout prevention organization. Mariko has in-depth experience working with diverse communities and coordinated the broad-based citywide public planning effort to set education goals for Newark, New Jersey’s successful application for federal designation as an Enterprise Community. Lockhart is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale University and holds a Master’s in Public Administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She also completed leadership seminars at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the Aspen Institute’s Community Roundtable on Racial Equity and Youth Development. 
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