Xan Young is a senior technical assistance consultant at AIR. She directs the Youth Violence Prevention Training and Technical Assistance Center, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The center provides training and technical assistance (TTA) to twelve public health departments in cities with high rates of youth violence to build their capacity to develop and enhance community coalitions, develop comprehensive youth violence prevention plans, identify and implement evidence-based practices, and integrate youth violence prevention efforts in the community. Anticipated outcomes associated with TTA include: a decrease in risk factors and an increase in protective factors associated with youth violence; and reduced rates of assault, other violent crime, and school based violence.
Young has dedicated her career to preventing the leading causes of death among children and youth: unintentional injuries, suicide, and homicide. For more than 15 years she has provided technical assistance and training to help diverse professionals and advocates collectively create conditions in which young people can survive and thrive. Young has a particular interest in addressing social determinants of health responsible for health inequities.
Prior to joining AIR, Young served in a number of roles related to her TTA and subject matter expertise. As director of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s Training Institute, she oversaw the development and dissemination of online courses and virtual events as well as traditional face-to-face training programs. As manager of the HP LIFE e-Learning project, she coordinated an international team that developed thirteen online courses and translated those courses into six different languages. As technical assistance manager for the Children’s Safety Network, she managed a team that provided TTA to state health departments to increase their capacity to prevent injuries and violence among children and adolescents.