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Newport News TOP: Teamwork, Options, and Pathways for Success - OJJDP FY13 Community-Based Violence Prevention Demonstration Program

Award Information

Award #
2013-MU-FX-K002
Location
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2013
Total funding (to date)
$940,316

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $870,316)

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 Community-Based Violence Prevention Program provides funding for localities to support federal, state, and local partnerships to replicate proven multi-disciplinary, community-based strategies to reduce violence.

The City of Newport News proposes to expand the Targeted Outreach Program (TOP), a
community-based collaborative youth violence prevention initiative which utilizes the evidence based framework of the All-Stars Model in partnership with the Newport News Police Department and OneChurch. The Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) approach will be used to empower citizens to change commmunity norms regarding violence. The primary violence prevention strategy of the TOP program is to provide comprehensive resources and preventive services to youth and families in an effort to engage and empower them to make positive contributions to their families and communities. During the three-year grant period, the model will provide 225 at-risk young people with individualized wraparound services and
intensive case management. The project will also provide training in the ABCD approach of community mobilization and engagement for 45 youth leaders, prevention groups of 60 young people and 30 community-based youth workers. CA/NCF

OJJDP's State and Community Development (Invited) Awards program was established to provide grants and cooperative agreements to organizations that OJJDP has selected for funds in prior years. Through the Community-Based Violence Prevention Program (CBVP), OJJDP funds organizations working to reduce youth gun and gang violence through evidence-based models. These programs have been authorized by an Act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice.

Building the Faith in Our Neighborhoods is a collaborative effort between the City of Newport News and multiple community and faith-based partners with a mission to reduce and prevent youth violence, promote community empowerment and neighborhood change, and engage local faith leadership and institutions in the work of the OJJDP CBVP grant project. The project proposes to use a strength-based approach to affect positive social change in the Central and North districts of the City by engaging and empowering residents and the faith community to work together to take charge of their neighborhoods and building healthy relationships across City departments, the police, neighborhood residents, and the faith community. Strategies used to accomplish this will include coordinating the efforts of and building upon existing cross-sector partnerships and programs (to include local government, community, and faith-based partners); expanding and enhancing the Asset Based Community Development model implemented in identified neighborhoods; engaging faith leaders and institutions through implementing the Dignity Serves curriculum; and supporting and expanding ongoing efforts to enhance assets of youth and adult residents through community- and faith-based programs. Funds will also be used to enable participation in national CBVP technical assistance opportunities including the fall convening.

CA/NCF

Date Created: September 22, 2013