United for Youth is made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Office for Victims of Crime and JBS International, Inc. Our site is supported by numerous national organizations and other partners committed to improving the lives and futures of children, youth and families impacted by substance use throughout the United States.
Partnerships are essential to our collective work to serve children, youth and families impacted by substance use in our country. In cultivating cross-sector partnerships real impact can be realized.
To this end, in 2019, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) established the National Stakeholder Partnership (NSP) comprised of representatives from nationally recognized organizations with expertise in crime victim services.
The NSP focuses on child and youth victimization related to the opioid crisis and broader substance abuse, emphasizing multidisciplinary collaborations, research, training, and education. Partnership members lend their expertise to:
- Inform and guide efforts associated with OVC’s Enhancing Community Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims initiatives and BJA’s Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant and Substance Program (COSSAP).
- Advance knowledge to enhance broad audience awareness of the impact of opioid and substance use on young victims and their families.
- Share best and promising practice models to advance innovative and multi-disciplinary efforts to support young victims and their families.
Additional Partners and Supporters continue to join this effort. Working together, we will expand awareness and create positive differences for those experiencing and/or impacted by substance use.
We invite you to be a part of this endeavor! Please let us know if you are interested in joining United for Youth!