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Camden City Collaboration to End Youth Violence Planning Initiative

Award Information

Awardee
Award #
2012-NY-FX-K006
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.

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.
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 Task Force on Youth Violence Prevention is a diverse multi agency partnership under the leadership of the Mayor that includes the City of Camden, Camden Board of Education, Center for Family Services, Camden Metro Police Force, and others.

The Mayor is committed to expanding the work of the Task Force, and has garnered the support and involvement of key public and private institutions, each of which are critical to delivering a comprehensive and integrated approach to reducing youth violence and improving short and long term outcomes for Camden's residents and communities.

The City of Camden's project will directly address two areas of need that emerged from the Youth Forum planning process: 1) improving collaboration, service delivery integration, and data collection and sharing protocols among education, enforcement, reentry, and social services throughout Camden; and 2) launching a unifying framework for creating positive academic and social experiences across the city's schools by providing district- and school-level staff with the training and technical assistance necessary to help address the systemic issues that have long plagued the Camden City Public Schools.

The coordination, Results Based Accountability approach and data system proposed will provide the Task Force members with the management structure, support, and focus necessary to realize the commitments of each of the partners.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) will serve as the framework to integrate the youth violence prevention plan within the schools by creating individualized goals, expectations, and plans that meets the specific needs of each school to address overall behavior norms and address high risk behavior in a positive and supportive manner.
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 Mayor of Camden is committed to expanding the work of the Task Force and has garnered the support and involvement of key public and private institutions, each of which are critical to delivering a comprehensive and integrated approach to reducing youth violence and improving short and long term outcomes for Camden's residents and communities. The City of Camden will utilize FY14 State and Community Development Invited Award funds to address two areas of need that emerged from the Youth Forum planning process: 1) improving collaboration, service delivery integration, and data collection and sharing protocols among education, enforcement, reentry, and social services throughout Camden; and 2) launching a unifying framework for creating positive academic and social experiences across the city's schools by providing district- and school-level staff with the training and technical assistance necessary to help address the systemic issues that have long plagued the Camden City Public Schools. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) will serve as the framework to integrate the youth violence prevention plan within the schools by creating individualized goals, expectations, and plans that meets the specific needs of each school to address overall behavior norms and address high risk behavior in a positive and supportive manner. 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 Mayor of Camden is committed to expanding the work of the Forum and has garnered the support and involvement of key public and private institutions that are critical to delivering a comprehensive and integrated approach to reducing youth violence and improving short and long term outcomes for Camden's residents and communities. The City of Camden will utilize Forum funds to improve collaboration, service delivery integration, and data collection and sharing protocols among education, enforcement, reentry, and social services throughout Camden. The City of Camden is aligning Forum efforts with activities connected to trauma-informed work in the schools and with their Community Based Violence Prevention initiative.

CA/NCF

Date Created: August 28, 2012