Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $500,000)
Through the Edward Byrne Memorial Congressionally Recommended Awards program, the Office of Justice Programs helps communities improve the capacity of local justice systems and supports training and technical assistance programs and other efforts that strategically target local needs. This program is authorized to organizations identified in the Text and Joint Explanatory Statement, Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009.
The City of Philadelphia proposes to continue the Philadelphia's Youth Violence Reduction Partnership (YVRP) efforts on six of the highest crime districts in Philadelphia. Data has shown that the Public/Private Ventures 2004, Alive at 25 evaluations reduce youth homicides. Based upon data showing the disproportionate number of youth involved as either perpetrators or victims of homicide, YVRP focuses on youth living in the selected districts that are identified as most 'likely to kill or be killed.' Youth will receive intensive supervision, sanctions, supports and other services required by the YVRP model. Services are provided by specially assigned police, adult or juvenile probation officers, and community-based 'streetworkers.' (Probation officers have reduced caseloads in exchange for the increased level of services they are expected to provide.) Additional supports include educational remediation, job-training and placement. The goals and objectives include: a) serving 750 youth in the selected districts; b) reducing youth homicides by 5% in the selected districts compared to the previous year and c) securing employment for at least 90 consecutive days for 200 participants. Data will be tracked through partner agencies contracted for data analysis. NCA/NCF