Founded in 1998, The Center to Prevent Youth Violence (CPYV), previously known as PAX, is an innovative and uniquely effective organization working to end the crisis of youth violence in America.

CPYV develops focused and empowering public health and safety campaigns that promote the simple steps parents, kids and others can take to prevent violence affecting youth, including:

  • school shootings
  • gang-related and other urban violence
  • firearm suicides, accidents and homicides that, alone, claim the lives of eight children and teens every day

CPYV’s programs are measurable in their impact, in terms of both saving lives and positively influencing social norms.

CPYV’s work has achieved unprecedented support from leading organizations in fields including public health, media, education, law enforcement and youth services, and from community-based organizations nationwide. CPYV’s programs have been studied and validated by leading academic institutions including, The Harvard School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.