• Additional educational institutions

  • Public health organizations & programs

  • Community churches and religious entities

  • Community leaders

the long live life YOUTH program

The Long Live Life® Youth Program is an evidence-based, curriculum-driven program delivered year-round in four nine-week sessions.  Along with CDC's SEM, the Long Live Life® Youth Program curriculum will help to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors among program participants. The Long Live Life® Youth Program’s innovative curriculum focuses on specific aspects including self-esteem building, connecting with mentors, economic development training, individual, family, and group treatment modalities, holistic health practices, stress coping strategies, Life Skills and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). Through the curriculum, the program will highlight the value of the lives of youth to reduce factors which may potentially put them at risk for violent behavior or victims of violence. The nine-week sessions will be centered around the curriculum’s “6 Core Areas:” 1.) Self-Awareness, 2.) Dignity and Worth of a Person, 3.) Self-Love, 4.) Self-Fulfillment/Self-Actualization, 5.) Integrity, and 6.) Importance of Human Relationships. Each area will be tailored and applied to CDC’s SEM levels; individual, relationship, community, and society.

The Long Live Life Youth Initiative is a city-wide initiative integrated with an innovative, unique youth violence prevention program and research. The program is currently located at The Cohn Learning Centerand focuses on averting violent behavior, reducing victimization of violence, and preventing violent acts from reoccurring among individuals 12 to 19 years of age. By combining a youth porgram and research to determine effective intervention strategies, goals can be achieved using an array of methods. Methods include using Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Violence Prevention Division’s evidence-based four-level Social-Ecological Model (SEM) programmatic framework, a unique program curriculum targeting specific an individual's core areas, community activism, outreach, and preventative intervention strategies such as marketing and media campaigns. 

The Long Live Life® Youth Program will also collect data using evidence-based measurements to better understand Nashville's youth with the intention to assist in enhancing protective and reduce risk factors among CDC’s SEM levels.  A comprehensive understanding of enhancing such factors will be useful in contributing to long-term reduction of youth violence and establishing a model for other programs to equip youth with necessary skills in order to help them excel and live productive lives.  Further, the Long.Live.Life.® Youth Program intends to partner with the following:​

The ultimate goal of the work of violence prevention is to stop violence before it begins. CDC’s Violence Prevention Division proposes that there are four levels which are considered to be high levels of influence and key factors of violence prevention.  CDC bases this idea on what is known as the Social-Ecological Model (SEM).  CDC uses SEM to better understand and prevent violence.  The SEM addresses specific factors that put people at risk for or protect them from experiencing or perpetrating violence (risk and protective factors), allowing for the development of a more comprehensive programming framework of preventative intervention strategies.  Accordingly, CDC’s violence prevention framework further suggests that programs should be developed with a focus in each of the Social-Ecological Model (SEM) four levels to truly be effective (CDC and Violence Prevention, 2011).  Preventative strategies can be used at specific levels including societal, community, relationships, and the Individual, to address risk and protective factors.  CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention and the Social-Ecological Model for violence prevention has shown to produce significant results in reducing violence among youth in a number of cities across the United States (David-Ferdon & Simon, 2014).

The Long Live Life® Youth Program curriculum’s objective is designed to promote and provide positive, productive meaningful activities and relationships; cognitively reconstruct distorted perspectives, beliefs, and at-risk behaviors; identify purposes and passions by developing a life plan, safely implement creative therapeutic techniques and activities to increase engagement, such as yoga, meditation, art, music, mindfulness, and mentorship. Furthermore, the program will aid in the development of positive, healthy thoughts, feelings, future beliefs, include family and community members for increased support, assist in replacing negative behaviors, idle time, and environments that may be precursors for violence, identify and resolve neurological factors connected to aggression and violence with the purpose of preventing, reducing aggressive behaviors from occurring or reoccurring and, more importantly, reduce victimization among youth.

the long live life YOUTH initiative

CDC Violence Prevention & Social-Ecological Model (SEM)