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Posted on: November 19, 2021

Roanoke Invites Feedback for Use in Youth and Gang Violence Community Assessment

The City of Roanoke’s Gun Violence Prevention Commission, within the City’s comprehensive gun violence prevention and intervention framework, is at the forefront in the efforts to reduce gun violence in our community. The Commission, in partnership with Elite Business Strategies, LLC, is undertaking a Youth and Gang Violence Community Assessment that will serve to provide community-driven perspectives—particularly youth perspectives—on the issues surrounding gang violence.

The assessment will be completed through direct interviews with community members, as well as a survey that will be disseminated through a variety of methods. The interviews and the survey consist of questions aimed at soliciting feedback from community leaders, community residents, youth services providers, and students on the effects gang violence is having on the community, as well as recommendations that will support mitigating the effects and making the community safer. 

The survey is completely voluntary and anonymous, and respondents will not be asked to share any personally identifiable information. In an effort to reach as many community members as possible, the survey will be available in Spanish, Haitian-Creole, Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese (simplified), French, as well as English. Also, the survey is shareable and can be accessed from cell phones and tablets as well as computers. The deadline to take the survey is Dec. 10. 

Below are links to the survey. If you would like more information on the assessment or would like to participate in disseminating the survey or schedule an interview, please contact Necole Holton Jacobs at [email protected].

Student and Youth Survey Link:

Community Leader Survey Link:

Youth Services Provider Survey Link:

Community Resident Survey:


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