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Camden City Collaboration to End Youth Violence Planning Initiative

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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.

This National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention expansion grant is fully aligned with the Camden City Mayor's vision for a community-based approach to tackling the city's alarmingly high crime rates and incidence of juvenile offenses. The Mayor's ofice has formed a partnership with the Center for Family Services to expand the work of the Camden Youth Prevention Policy Board, a broad-based planning collaborative funded by the New Jersey Attorney General and comprised of workgroups focused on youth priorities identified by Mayor Redd. The workgroups focus on: juvenile crime/violence, truancy, youth workforce development, childhood obesity, youth homelessness, and youth mental health. Each workgroup has been charged with collecting and analyzing data, identifying youth delinquency problems and risk factors, researching best practices, and developing data- and research-driven strategies. With OJJDP funding, a Youth Forum Task Force will be established, building on the work of the Youth Policy Board, to develop a comprehensive youth violence prevention plan that is research-based, informed by data, and taps community resources and assets to inform strategy development. The plan will include goals and program objectives to ensure accountability and support resource development and sustainability.

Date Created: August 28, 2012