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Cleveland Collaborative on Youth Violence Prevention

Award Information

Award #
2014-NY-FX-K001
Location
Awardee County
Cuyahoga
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2014
Total funding (to date)
$290,000

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $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 five new sites to join the Forum's participating localities of Boston, Camden, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Salinas, and San Jose. The FY 2014 National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention Expansion Project is authorized pursuant to paragraph (8) under the Juvenile Justice heading, in the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2014, Pub. L. No. 113-76, 128 Stat. 5, 65.

The City of Cleveland plans to use OJJDP FY 14 National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention Expansion Project funds to build on a long and rich history of collaboration with the public and private sector, community engagement and innovative programs to address youth violence. The City of Cleveland recognizes the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention as an excellent pathway to sustaining reductions in violence and ultimately preventing the conditions that foster youth and gang violence. The technical assistance and "peer to peer" learning opportunities through the Forum process will augment Cleveland's efforts to design and launch an effective comprehensive Youth Violence Prevention Plan. The applicant proposes to bring together complementary evidence-based policies and programs, align existing local initiatives, incorporate data-driven strategies, and identify and address gaps and service needs. Collaborative partners represent youth, parents, law enforcement, education, social services, public health, businesses, philanthropic organizations, and faith and community-based organizations. Cleveland's multi-year plan focuses on the goals of preventing youth violence, changing community norms regarding violence, and providing alternatives to violence for those who are making risky behavior decisions. The plan will be balanced across specific prevention, intervention, enforcement, and reentry strategies. 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 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.

Cleveland’s Collaborative on Youth Violence Prevention released “The Cleveland Plan,” a draft plan identifying approximately 50 community initiatives, activities or programs focused, at least in part, on reducing youth violence. The Cleveland Plan, through a lengthy community assessment process, outlines activities aimed at transitioning existing programs and partnerships into a system with the ability to produce sustained, long-term reductions in youth violence. This proposal has four purposes: 1) Establish a core governance and decision-making structure that will unite various justice supported initiatives including the Defending Childhood Initiative; 2) Improve relations between law enforcement and the community (particularly youth); 3) Develop a communications plan; and, 4) Provide continuing data collection and analysis, including data related to trauma exposed youth and young people who are victims or perpetrators of crime. Significant partners in their efforts include Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Partnership for a Safer Cleveland, and Case Western Reserve University.

CA/NCF

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.

Cleveland’s Collaborative on Youth Violence Prevention released “The Cleveland Plan,” identifying approximately 50 community initiatives, activities or programs that address reduction of youth violence. The Cleveland Plan, through a lengthy community assessment process, identified activities aimed at transitioning existing programs and partnerships into a system with the ability to produce sustained, long-term reductions in youth violence. The plan has four purposes: 1) Establish a core governance and decision-making structure that will unite various justice supported initiatives including Cuyahoga County’s Defending Childhood Initiative; 2) Improve relations between law enforcement and the community (particularly youth); 3) Develop a communications plan; and, 4) Provide continuing data collection and analysis, including data related to trauma exposed youth and young people who are victims or perpetrators of crime. Significant partners in their efforts include Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Partnership for a Safer Cleveland, and Case Western Reserve University. CA/NCF

Date Created: September 29, 2014