ReCAST Cycle 1 Focus Areas

Youth Violence Prevention

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Youth violence interrupts the dreams and potential of young people. Observing, witnessing, and experiencing violence and trauma prevents youth from fully thriving and can impact their health and wellbeing later in life.

Youth violence can take many forms including bullying, gang violence, gun violence, and unsafe relationships. Communities must own the responsibility to create safer environments for youth.

Communities should play an active role in preventing and addressing youth violence through rich partnerships and resources that nurture youth growth and potential.

Those in leadership should actively advocate for innovative solutions that are grounded in resiliency and safety.

Youth voices are central to the conversation such as how they envision safer homes, schools, and community environments.


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A racial equity vision means that all Mecklenburg residents are able to access services available to them. Communities that operate in equity can overcome the injustices that have disproportionately caused harmed while working towards transformative changes that help all people to thrive.

Addressing racial inequity and racism can support Black and Brown communities in achieving optimal health and wellness.

  • Eliminating barriers and stigma
  • Increasing access to resources and services
  • Expanding knowledge around diversity and inclusion
  • Advocating for marginalized communities
  • Community voices are heard and respected

Equitable Access
to Services

Research provides evidence that root causes of barriers to service include:

  • Cost
  • Transportation
  • Lack of cultural humility
  • Availability of adequate services

“Access to care often varies based on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, sex, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and residential location.”

  • Quality of care remains high for all regardless of ability to pay
  • Seamless connection to physical, social, behavioral and mental healthcare resources  (ex: NCCARE360, Aunt Bertha)
  • All clients feel seen, heard, and respected and are honored by trauma-informed care principles
  • Services reflect residents’ needs, voices, and vision