CITY HALL — Santa Monica officials have launched a “youth violence prevention” portal on City Hall’s website, part of an effort to better inform the public about programs geared toward at-risk minors in Santa Monica.

The website, which City Hall announced on Tuesday, is accessible at www.santamonicayouth.net.

The move comes after the City Council this year added funding to the Youth Resource Team’s budget and ordered a new policy group to begin holding meetings on violence prevention.

The YRT seeks to keep youth safe and support healthy development from infancy through adulthood through the collaborative work of the city of Santa Monica, education and non-profit agencies, neighborhood organizations, governmental partners, business, and faith communities.

“We’re very excited about santamonicayouth.net and envision it as an important tool for sharing with the public the current work of the Youth Resource Team and ways the community can get involved,” said Julie Rusk, human services manager.

Initially, the portal will provide details on upcoming YRT meetings and information relevant to the efforts in youth violence prevention in Santa Monica. The site also contains links to a wide range of reports on the topic.

The goal, officials said, is to make sure Santa Monica’s initiatives are on track, in line with best practices nationally and receive regular evaluation.

“The efforts here illustrate the commitment to address the complex and urgent problem of youth violence with innovation, coordination, and hands-on hard work,” a press release from the human services division stated.

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