The first Steering Committee meeting was held at Bader Philanthropies in November 2016. This meeting focused on drafting the vision and principles of the Blueprint and reviewing community feedback related to expectations for the planning process and its outcome.
Youth were engaged in the planning effort from the very beginning. In addition to our first youth fourm at Running Rebels, over 1,000 youth in schools, detention facilities, group homes, and youth serving agencies provided input regarding violence prevention in Milwaukee. Youth were involved through every stage of the planning process including on the Steering Committee.
The second Steering Committee meeting was held at the Sojourner Family Peace Center in January 2017. This meeting focused on refining the principles of the Blueprint affirming the goals of the plan and aligning across other plans/initiatives including MBK Milwaukee, Beyond the Bell, The Common Council Public Safety Plan, Milwaukee Succeeds, Promise Zones, Milwaukee United and others.
This meeting was held at UWM Zilber School of Public Health and focused on revising the vision of the Blueprint and its focus on violence prevention in general with specific priorities for youth and geographic neighborhoods with high concentrations of structural and interpersonal violence.
The 5th Steering Committee meeting focused on finalizing the design, layout, and launch strategy for the Blueprint for Peace
The Blueprint for Peace was released November 2017 exactly one year from the launch of the planning process. The release was hosted at Sojourner Family Peace Center.
The Office of Violence Prevention is joining community partners to host a series of Blueprint briefings in priority neighborhoods.