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Syracuse Comprehensive Gang Model

Award Information

Award #
2013-PB-FX-K001
Location
Awardee County
Onondaga
Congressional District
Status
Open
Funding First Awarded
2013
Total funding (to date)
$1,561,825

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $1,491,825)

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 Syracuse proposes to replicate the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model to address three categories of problems associated with this target community and population: 1) those that pose an immediate physical threat to public safety such as gun violence, homicide and assault; 2)those that contribute to gang violence but do not pose an immediate physical threat through drug and property crime and underlying social conditions such as behavioral issues, lack of alternatives to gangs and community engagement; 3) and institutional barriers that prevent effective and sustained community responses. The Syracuse Comprehensive Gang Model will implement activities within five core strategies: Suppression, Social Interventions, Opportunities Provision, Community Mobilization and Organizational Change and deliver services through a Multi-Disciplinary Intervention Team. The Intervention Team will serve South Side gang involved youth at the highest risk of committing or being the victim of a violent crime through: assessment, case management, supervision, alcohol/drug evaluation, psychological evaluation, psychiatric evaluation and mental health services including Functional Family Therapy. 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.

The City of Syracuse will use the FY 15 CBVP supplemental funding to organize and empower non-traditional faith leaders in the community who are passionately committed to ending the cycle of gang and gun violence. These non-traditional faith leaders are known as “street ministers,” due to their activity outside traditional houses of worship. The ministers choose to walk City neighborhoods to share their hard-won wisdom of how gang violence has affected them personally and/or those around them.

While doing their boots-on-the-ground brand of outreach, the Street Ministers have forged a connection to the neighborhoods, earned the respect of the local young people who may feel distrust of more traditional faith leaders and acquired inside knowledge of the gang activity taking place. These ministers are uniquely qualified to identify at risk youth between the ages of 14 and 24 who are affiliated with or have the potential for involvement with gang and gun violence. The Faith Based Enhancement Program will also seek to adopt formal engagement strategies with the more traditional faith leaders and their congregations to involve them with the youth and to help them deal with the underlying causes of gang affiliation and violence. Street ministers will relay their message to traditional faith leaders and their congregations. This will empower a larger community to become a resource in the fight to end the cycle of gang and gun violence within the city. The program seeks to leverage existing anti-gang programs that the city already has in place and to make these program resources available to faith leaders as a part of the city’s overall comprehensive gang model. Funds will also be used to enable participation in national CBVP technical assistance opportunities including the fall 2015 convening.

CA/NCF

Date Created: September 22, 2013