Building Youth Resilience to Crime and Violence

August 2022

USAID recently awarded the Youth Resilience to Crime and Violence in the Caribbean (YRCVC) Activity to Making Cents as a subcontractor to DAI. This 5-year Activity aims to engage and empower youth and other key populations to build resilient communities in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean. The activity will engage youth as partners and integrate interventions at the national and sub-national levels to improve youth, family, and community resilience to crime and violence. It will also improve social services and protections, and support youth, families, and communities in preventing and recovering from crime incidents to build more resilient communities.

Making Cents will assist the increased use of trauma-informed approaches in the delivery of services to high-risk youth populations, provide technical assistance in social and emotional learning and contemplative practices, and work with staff to integrate positive youth development into implementation methodologies, intervention approaches, and cross-cutting technical assistance and training. We will also supply technical expertise in the areas of workforce development and entrepreneurship for at-risk youth to create increased youth access to productive activities, such as employment, entrepreneurship, internships, and other youth ventures.