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Comprehensive Strategic Plan: Preventing Youth Violence in Minneapolis

Award Information

Award #
2012-NY-FX-K005
Location
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2012
Total funding (to date)
$612,423

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $20,000)

At the direction of President Obama, the Departments of Justice and Education launched the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention (Forum) to begin a national conversation concerning youth and gang violence, raise awareness, and elevate the issue to national significance. This program aims to competitively select as many as four new sites to join the Forum's participating localities of Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, Salinas, and San Jose. The FY 2012 National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention Expansion Project is authorized by the Department of Justice Authorization Act, 2012, Pub. L. No. 112-55, 125 Stat. 552, 617.

The Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support will use a four step process to develop a comprehensive, citywide Youth Violence Prevention Strategic Plan that will serve young people ages 10 to 24 who reside in Minneapolis. Principal activities for this project are as follows: Step 1) Prepare a summative report on the Blueprint achievements, hire a Plan Development Leader, form Plan Development Work Groups and convene Executive Committee Meetings I and II; Step 2) Research evidence-based strategies, develop resourcing strategy, convene Executive Committee Meeting III; Step 3) convene Executive Committee Meeting IV, prioritize strategies, draft strategic and evaluation plans and gather feedback on plans; and Step 4) convene Executive Committee Meeting V, approve the final Strategic Plan, develop a work plan and implementation for prioritized strategies, and develop communication and evaluation plans. This work will build upon the foundation of the current plan, the Blueprint for Action: Preventing Youth Violence in Minneapolis. The current plan is a framework for coordinating multi-sector efforts and could be enhanced by a strategic planning process, and updated to include action items that focus on the unique needs of cultural communities, and include improved coordination with enforcement and re-entry strategies.
CA/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 purpose of the Core Program Support and the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Framework Enhancement Project is to support implementation of the City of Minneapolis Blueprint for Action to Prevent Youth Violence. This Blueprint is a comprehensive strategic plan to prevent youth violence throughout the city by broadly supporting opportunities for all young people age 10-24 in Minneapolis, as well as providing additional supports and services for at-risk youth and youth engaged with the juvenile justice system.

Core Program support is required for implementation of five critical Blueprint activities, and for a small percentage of two Health Department staff. First, support will be used for PBIS framework enhancement through training of Minneapolis Public Schools staff and Minneapolis Police Department School Resource Officers in trauma and restorative practices.

Second, support is required for members of the Youth Violence Prevention Multi-jursidictional Operational Team to attend site visits to Forum cities for observation of model program implementation.

Third, funding will support development and implementation of a plan to leverage community organizations and other partners to ensure sustainability.

Lastly, support will be used to develop and implement a communication and outreach plan that engages youth, their families, and the broader community. Process evaluation will be conducted in order to measure successful implementation of grant-related activities, and performance measures will be reported as required. 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 Minneapolis Health Department is coordinating the city's efforts to address youth violence as a public health issue. In 2012, Minneapolis was accepted as a National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention City and has updated and revised its previously developed Blueprint for Action to Prevent Youth Violence. The purpose of this Core Program and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Enhancement and Sustainability funding is to support implementation of the Blueprint which is a comprehensive strategic plan to prevent youth violence throughout the city. Minneapolis will utilize FY14 State and Community Development Invited award funds to: 1) continue enhancements to the Minneapolis Public School's rollout of a new discipline and positive behavior policy, 2) travel team members to participate in technical assistance peer-to-peer site visits, 3) improve organizational infrastructure for development of a sustainability plan, 4) support a process evaluation of youth violence prevention initiatives, 5) develop a long-range plan for community outreach and engagement, 6) develop a plan to address early childhood exposure to violence, and 7) support staff for further implementation of the plan. 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 15 cities that are implementing strategies and evidenced-based programs to reduce youth violence. The Departments of Justice, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and 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.

The City of Minneapolis will use Forum funding to support implementation of the Blueprint for Action to Prevent Youth Violence. Funding will provide support travel expenses for members of the YVP Multijurisdictional Team to participate in site visits. It will also support planned activities to improve the organizational infrastructure and develop a sustainability plan for leveraging partner organizations and agencies around Blueprint implementation. Additionally, the City of Minneapolis will develop and implement a community engagement and public awareness plan for youth violence prevention efforts; support a committee and strategic plan to address early childhood to violence, with a focus on outcomes in identified hot spots; and support a percentage of two Health Department staff. The Minneapolis Health Department (MHD) will continue to provide technical assistance and coordination to Minneapolis Public Schools on the implementation of PBIS; however, Minneapolis Public Schools will be responsible for any cost associated with the implementation. A process evaluation will be conducted in order to measure successful implementation of grant-related activities. Performance measures will be reported as required.

CA/NCF

Date Created: August 28, 2012