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City of Philadelphia: National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention

Award Information

Award #
2012-NY-FX-K007
Location
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2012
Total funding (to date)
$602,273

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 first strategic goal of Mayor Michael Nutter is to make the City of Philadelphia one of the safest Cities in America. In keeping with this goal, the City plans on creating a collaboration between different entities with the overall goal to create and implement a multi-year strategic plan that will result in a reduction of the number of shootings and homicides among youth and young adults ages 14 to 24, in the target areas (shooting and homicide "hotspot" areas Police Districts 22, 39, 24 and 25), thereby decreasing the overall rate of violence in Philadelphia. Philadelphia has the highest homicide rate among large US cities, at 19.6 homicides per 100,000 individuals. This rate is twice that of both Los Angeles and New York City. One grim facet of the Philadelphia murder statistics shows that victims and killers alike are overwhelmingly young black males. From 2008 through 2010, more than half of the shooting victims were children and young adults. The City and its partners are committed to developing a comprehensive strategic plan and learning from the other National Forum cities that face similar challenges to Philadelphia. 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.

Philadelphia's Youth Violence Prevention Collaborative (PYVPC) has indentified seven key areas of focus for the plan, including school safety. Moving forward, working groups devoted to coordinating the themes identified in the strategic plan will have significant requests for technical assistance around implementing the programs and initiatives identified by the plan. The technical assistance will benefit the School District and the other partners invested in improving outcomes for youth, both in the 22nd Police District and citywide.

The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) is to close twenty-three schools throughout the city in Fall 2013. Of those, five schools are located in the 22nd Police District, the highest concentration of closing schools in the city, putting extra pressure on the schools in the 22nd Police District. To address this need, SDP plans, amongst other things, on implementing Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS) in two high need schools withh significant numbers of suspensions and violent incidents -- Tanner Duckery and Richard W. Wright elementary schools.

When implemented, the School District expects a twenty to sixty percent reduction in office discipline referrals and out-of-school suspensions, an increase in the amount of time students spend in the classroom, improved academic gains, decreased teacher and administrator involvement in discipline, and improvements in school climate, school safety, and mental-health related protective factors.

The SDP will partner with the local nonprofit Devereux's Center for Effective Schools, which has a proven and successful track record of implementing PBIS in 35 schools in Philadelphia. The School District is a key partner in the implementation of Philadelphia's strategic plan to reduce youth violence in the 22nd Police District. 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 Philadelphia's Youth Violence Prevention Collaborative (PYVPC) will utilize FY14 State and Community Development Invited Award funds to continue implementation of their strategic plan. Technical assistance resources will benefit the School District and the other partners invested in improving outcomes for youth. The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) plans on implementing Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS) in two high need schools with significant numbers of suspensions and violent incidents. When implemented, the School District expects a twenty to sixty percent reduction in office discipline referrals and out-of-school suspensions, an increase in the amount of time students spend in the classroom, improved academic gains, decreased teacher and administrator involvement in discipline, and improvements in school climate, school safety, and mental-health related protective factors. The SDP will partner with the local nonprofit Devereux's Center for Effective Schools, which has a proven and successful track record of implementing PBIS in 35 schools in Philadelphia. The School District is a key partner in the implementation of Philadelphia's strategic plan to reduce youth violence in the 22nd Police District. 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 Philadelphia's Youth Violence Prevention Collaborative (PYVPC) will utilize FY15 State and Community Development Invited Award funds to continue implementation of their strategic plan. T he City has many key partners including the Stoneleigh Foundation, the School District and Police Department in the implementation of Philadelphia's strategic plan to reduce youth violence in the 22nd Police District. In addition, the PYVPC is working to align prevention efforts and include trauma-informed approaches in coordination with Healing Hurt People.

CA/NCF

Date Created: September 18, 2012