2018 Conference
April 30 – May 2, 2018
The Westin Westminster
Denver, CO


The Blueprints Conference disseminates knowledge designed to bridge the gap between research and practice by bringing together research scientists, prevention experts, program designers, policy-makers, community leaders, advocates, practitioners and funders to share ideas and learn about evidence-based programs to prevent problem behavior and enhance positive youth development. In addition to presenting information on a number of evidence-based programs, the conference provides information on policy and implementation practice. We are fortunate to have some of the industry's top speakers join us at each of the Blueprints Conferences and look always forward to learning from their experiences.

Keynote Speakers

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Delbert Elliott
Delbert Elliott, PhD
Director, Program on Problem Behavior and Positive Youth Development
University of Colorado Boulder

Delbert Elliott is the director of The Problem Behavior and Positive Youth Development Program in the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado. He is also a distinguished professor emeritus and research professor in the Institute of Behavioral Science. As a nationally recognized expert on juvenile violence and school safety, his work is both in theory development and testing. He focuses on crime, delinquency, and violent behavior. He is a past president of the American Society of Criminology. He is the Director of the National Youth Survey, the longest study of criminal behavior and drug use in a national panel of adolescents and young adults in the United States. Del’s books include Delinquency and Dropout (1974); The Social Psychology of Runaway (1978); Explaining Delinquency and Drug Use (1985); Multiple Problem Youth: Delinquency, Drugs and Mental Health Problems (1989); Violence in American Schools (1998) and Good Kids from Bad Neighborhoods (2006). Del is the Founding Director of the Blueprints for Violence Prevention Initiative which certifies effective violence prevention programs.

If you are interested in speaking at the 2018 Blueprints for Violence Prevention Conference please submit our Call for Speakers form. This year you may fill out the form online The deadline to submit your application is October 6, 2017.