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Camden City Collaboration to End Youth Violence Planning Initiative

Award Information

Awardee
Award #
2013-PB-FX-K005
Location
Congressional District
Status
Open
Funding First Awarded
2013
Total funding (to date)
$1,486,420

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $1,416,420)

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 Camden proposes to replicate the Cure Violence model. Camden's Community Based Violence Prevention Demonstration Program entails a partnership between the City, Center for Family Services, Camden County Prosecutor's Office, Camden Metro Police Force, Camden Board of Education, Housing Authority Camden City, and Camden Coalition of Health Care Providers. Cure Violence-Camden will use a public education campaign, community events, and community mobilization to change community norms regarding violence, provide alternatives to violence, and increase awareness among youth of perceived risks and costs of involvement of violence. Cure Violence-Camden is committed to accountability and intends to utilize the national Cure Violence database system as well as existing health and enforcement data systems. The existing data systems will provide real time detection capabilities, as well as track progress toward goals, such as reduction in homicides, nonfatal shootings, and violence-related emergency room visits. 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 Camden will use supplemental funding to enhance and sustain work undertaken through CBVP. OJJDP funding has enabled Camden City to replicate the Cure Violence Model through its Cure4Camden program. A key component in the Cure4Camden program is its partnerships with community members, organizations and faith based leaders. Cure4Camden is a movement of people from the community who understand violence is a disease that spreads and that needs to be addressed in different ways and by different credible messengers.

More specifically, Camden will promote participation of faith leaders and faith based communities in changing community norms on violence by increasing the number of faith leaders on the Cure4Camden Steering Committee. Camden will look toward its Faith Based Community Organizations to engage in strategies to increase the awareness of the perceived risks and costs of involvement in violence among high risk youth and to participate in trainings on trauma informed care, violence prevention as a public health issue and strategies to combat violence. Camden will collaborate with its Faith Based Community in preventing youth from engaging in violent behavior and gang activity by incorporating violence prevention strategies within youth group settings. 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