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Memphis Youth Violence/Capacity Building Project

Award Information

Awardee
Award #
2012-NY-FX-0024
Location
Awardee County
Shelby
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2012
Total funding (to date)
$517,418

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $124,995)

OJJDP's Demonstration Programs Continuation Grants program was established to provide grants and cooperative agreements to organizations that OJJDP has selected for funds in prior years. This program will be authorized by an Act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice.

The Memphis Youth Violence Prevention Plan aims to reduce youth violence by building youth resiliency and supportive neighborhoods so youth succeed in spite of pervasive local risk factors. Created with input from over 800 stakeholders youth, parents, professionals, community and faith leaders Memphis's plan deploys a robust blend of sanctions and support, including evidence-based services pre-natal through career proven to support positive youth development. The Memphis Youth Violence plan is Memphis and Shelby County's response to crime abatement for the next five years and this plan is now incorporated in the Operation: Safe Community strategic plan for 2012-2016. The Memphis Youth Violence plan aims to reduce youth violence by 25% and has 13 strategies and 34 action items. This comprehensive plan engages over 50 partners in providing intervention, prevention, law enforcement and re-entry strategies for youth. NCA/NCF

OJJDP's State and Community Development Awards program was established to provide grants and cooperative agreements to organizations that OJJDP has selected for funds in prior years. This program has been authorized by an Act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice.

The National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention (Forum) was established by the White House in 2011 and is a network of cities united in their drive to prevent youth violence with federal agencies and private partners. The Forum has expanded to a total of 10 cities across the country implementing strategies and evidenced-based programs to reduce youth violence. The Departments of Justice, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Labor as well as the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Office of National Drug Control Policy provide key supports to the Forum cities.

OJJDP provides funding to support the core activities in Forum cities linked to the approved comprehensive plans. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) has provided funding to the Forum cities to improve or expand the use of a "School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports" (SWPBIS) framework.

The Memphis Forum on Youth Violence Prevention aims to strengthen its core program and pilot an evidence-based PBIS program in six high-need high schools within two neighborhoods served by Shelby County Schools (SCS), thereby enhancing the city's Youth Violence Prevention Plan (MYVPP). All six schools are under Memphis Police Department (MPD) jurisdiction and are in neighborhoods identified as having significant or emerging problems with gang activities and violent crime. The schools have a combined enrollment of 6,252 students, approximately 91% of whom are African American. MPD will subcontract with Memphis Shelby Crime Commission (MSCC) to deliver activities in support of the project's first goal - Build Capacity for MYVPP Partners through staff coordination support and training and technical assistance.

Funding will ensure that the Frayser Youth Council remains active and engaged in violence prevention in the community serving three schools. A second youth council will be established in the community serving the other schools. MSCC will hire an Americorps VISTA to implement this activity and provide leadership, training, development, and service learning activities for youth in both communities. Additionally, a consultant/contractor will be hired to create a MYVPP strategic marketing/public relations plan.

Educational activities coordinated by MSCC will include training, peer city site visits, and participation in a national youth violence prevention conference. Performance measures will be reviewed regularly by a Core Management Team (CMT).

MPD will subcontract with SCS to deliver activities in support of the second goal - Implement and enhance PBIS framework in six high need high schools. Two Discipline and Support Behavior (DSB) Analysts will support staff behavior, decision making, and student behavior, tailoring service as needed in order to achieve outcomes for the "total school" and to ensure that tiered supports are in place for students. Each DSB Analyst will work in a target community, supporting three schools and building a climate for PBIS success throughout that community. School data tracked by the DSB Analysts will be reviewed regularly by the CMT, and MPD data will be reviewed quarterly. NCA/NCF

OJJDP's State and Community Development Awards program was established to provide grants and cooperative agreements to organizations that OJJDP has selected for funds in prior years. This program has been authorized by an Act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice. The National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention (Forum) was established by the White House in 2011 and is a network of cities united in their drive to prevent youth violence with federal agencies and private partners. The Forum has expanded to a total of 10 cities across the country implementing strategies and evidenced-based programs to reduce youth violence. The Departments of Justice, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Labor as well as the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Office of National Drug Control Policy provide key supports to the Forum cities. OJJDP provides funding to support the core activities in Forum cities linked to the approved comprehensive plans. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) has provided funding to the Forum cities to improve or expand the use of a "School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports" (SWPBIS) framework.

The City of Memphis will utilize FY14 State and Community Development Invited award funds to strengthen the Memphis Forum on Youth Violence Prevention's core program and pilot evidence-based PBIS initiative in three high-need schools in the Southeast Memphis neighborhood served by Shelby County Schools (SCS), thereby enhancing the city's Youth Violence Prevention Plan (MYVPP). The Memphis Police Department (MPD) will subcontract with Memphis Shelby Crime Commission (MSCC) to deliver activities in support of the project's first goal: "Building Capacity for MYVPP through staff coordination support and training and technical assistance." MPD will also subcontract with SCS to deliver activities to support the second goal: "Implement and enhance Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework in three high-need high schools and build PBIS." NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 27, 2012