15th Annual Youth Violence Prevention Conference

Strategies for Youth Violence Prevention

Thursday, April 7, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
University of Missouri-St. Louis
J.C. Penney Conference Center

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The Program:
Speakers at this year's conference examined strategies for responding to youth violence in general and in St. Louis specifically. 

Main Topics:

Who Should Attend:


Jerry H. Dunn
Executive Director, Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis
University of Missouri-St. Louis

Dorothy Espelage
Edward William Gutgsell & Jane Marr Gutgsell Endowed Professor, Department of Educational Psychology
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

James C. “Buddy” Howell
Retired, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
U.S. Department of Justice

Joseph B. Richardson
Associate Professor, African-American Studies and Sociology
University of Maryland

Nancy Rodriguez
Director, National Institute of Justice
U.S. Department of Justice

Organized by:

Dr. Finn-Aage Esbensen
E. Desmond Lee Professor of Youth Crime and Violence, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
University of Missouri–St. Louis



The registration fee is $35, which includes breakfast and lunch. To register:


The Des Lee Collaborative Vision at the University of Missouri–St. Louis brings together key St. Louis educational, cultural and governmental institutions to establish programs and share resources that will benefit the St. Louis community. This is done through collaboration of more than 25 endowed professors and more than 100 member and community organizations in the St. Louis region. The Des Lee Collaborative Vision is connecting St. Louis through educational and community partnerships. Financial assistance for this conference has been provided by the Des Lee Collaborative Vision.

Cancellation Policy:

The University reserves the right to cancel any program. In the event of cancellation, you will be notified immediately, and all program fees will be refunded. If you must cancel a registration, you are entitled to a full refund if your cancellation is received by the day prior to the start of the program.

See conference materials of the 2015 Youth Violence Prevention Conference.