1. About the YEZ…

The Youth Enrichment Zone (YEZ) is a project modeled after the Harlem Children's Zone. The goal is to transform communities one block, one area, at a time by identifying...

2. BRC/YEZ Intro Video

Watch our video to learn what the Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) and the Youth Enrichment Zone (YEZ) is all about. See how people just like you can help the youth...

3. The Mayor and DA speak

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and District Attorney Ben David share their thoughts about youth violence in our area and how the Blue Ribbon Commission sets out to change...

4. Portia Mills Hines Park

ThePortia HinesPark Project, formerly the Rankin Park Project,is an initiative of the Blue Ribbon Commission and Youth Enrichment Zone. The purpose of the project is to provide positive recreation and alternatives for children, youth and...

5. You Can Make a Difference

Become a volunteer, and help children from toddlers to young adults. You can help in many different ways...

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The BRC is hiring a new YEZ Family and Y...

  The Youth Enrichment Zone (YEZ) Youth and Family Advocate will work directly in the YEZ community to identify and address needs of youth and families outside of the school setting. This position will...
“Crime Hurts Kids…And Business” Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Breakfast

“Crime Hurts Kids…And Busine...

The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce hosted a breakfast on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:30 AM at Cape Fear Community College’s Union Station. The event was titled “Crime Hurts Kids…And...
BRC Community Day in the Park and Yam Jam

BRC Community Day in the Park and Yam Ja...

On Saturday, October 5th, the Blue Ribbon Commission hosted a Community Day in the Park and Yam Jam at the Portia Hines Park. This was a very successful event, and we hope to make this one of many safe and...
BRC Office at the DC Virgo Preparatory Academy!

BRC Office at the DC Virgo Preparatory A...

BRC Office Space at D.C. Virgo Preparatory Thanks to its partnership with New Hanover County Schools and PPD, the BRC Office is now located at D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy. PPD donated all furniture and...
About the YEZ…

About the YEZ…

The Youth Enrichment Zone (YEZ) is a project modeled after the Harlem Children's Zone. The goal is to transform communities one block, one area, at a time by identifying...
BRC/YEZ Intro Video

BRC/YEZ Intro Video

Watch our video to learn what the Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) and the Youth Enrichment Zone (YEZ) is all about. See how people just like you can help the youth...

Welcome

The New Hanover County Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence (BRC) was formed in 2008 to address growing concerns about youth violence in our area. The BRC is an unprecedented collaborative of various elected, faith-based and other community leaders, as well as individuals with extensive knowledge of the ongoing problems associated with youth violence.

The City of Wilmington and surrounding counties have experienced dramatically higher rates of violent crime than both state and national averages for more than a decade. Because of this increase, the New Hanover County Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence is approaching the issue of youth violence on several levels by providing leadership and resources, involving community and faith-based organizations, schools, mental health and human service organizations and many non-profits to take action and collaborate, focusing on the needs of children and families identified as at-risk. Although the BRC works with youth serving organizations that are involved with research, prevention, intervention and enforcement of youth violence, its focus is on efforts that prevent violent behaviors in youth.

The Youth Enrichment Zone, YEZ, was identified as a target geographic area in the City of Wilmington that is now being served by the BRC. The Zone is a project modeled after the Harlem Children's Zone. Our goal is to transform communities one block, one area at a time by identifying, coordinating and making community resources available to families to help connect needed services and reduce youth violence, thus creating a safer, more caring environment for children and families...READ MORE >>