Your Life is My Life Bystander Intervention

Your Life is My Life / Tu Vida es Mi Vida is a bystander prevention and intervention program that addresses interpersonal violence in urban areas - including street violence, intimate partner violence, school violence, and the ways that these intersect and compound one another. An adaptation of the evidence-based model Green Dot, YLML encourages individuals to actively engage in safely preventing and ending violence.

The core of YLML is a Bystander Intervention Training Program. The program offers practical prevention and intervention strategies in a scenario-based curriculum that covers:

  • The many forms violence can take;
  • Techniques for intervening; and
  • Opportunities for skill-building and practice.

The standard curriculum is a two-day training, and it is adaptable for other timeframes.

Public Awareness Campaign. YLML raises awareness about all forms of interpersonal violence and identifying opportunities to engage and intervene. Your Life is My Life has been the mantra of many community violence demonstrations across Chicago. To create positive community norms about community involvement in violence prevention, residents place YLML signs in their home windows and bumper stickers on their cars.

Implementation Assistance. The YLML training team provides ongoing support to agencies, and individuals who complete the training program.

For information about attending a YLML training, contact ALSO at 773.235.5705, ext. 10.