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Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative Expansion Project

Award Information

Awardee
Award #
2014-NY-FX-K003
Location
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2014
Total funding (to date)
$556,000

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 Seattle will use OJJDP FY 14 National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention Expansion Project funds to launch its Summer of Safety plan. Seattle Mayor Edward B. Murray has convened an interdepartmental team to identify evidence-based and evidence-informed strategies that can address the recent 2014 uptick in violence in Southeast and Central neighborhoods. This team, working closely with the Mayor's Office of Policy and Innovation, will launch its Summer of Safety plan.

The plan builds on the youth-focused work of Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative and its Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grant-funded hot spot youth crime reduction initiative. It will deploy a series of evidence-based and evidence-informed strategies to reduce violent crime among youth and young adults. With future planning, this initiative will align and coordinate with the planning made possible by membership in the National Forum, as the Mayor intends for the Summer of Safety to become the foundation for a long-term comprehensive plan for urban public safety that aims not just to address crime but to engage community and City stakeholders. 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.

The City of Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI) was developed in 2008 in response to community outrage at escalating levels of youth violence in the Southeast, Central, and Southwest neighborhoods of Seattle. Even as youth and young adult violent crime rates in these 3 neighborhoods is the highest in Seattle, a clear gap in services exists for high-risk SYVPI youth as they age out of current juvenile crime prevention services (18+). This project proposes to: 1) strengthen and sustain Seattle’s existing Forum for Youth Violence Prevention strategic planning process by expanding trauma-informed education and training programs, including suicide prevention, for diverse professionals who work with youth; 2) integrate youth suicide prevention into the existing Forum strategic planning process; and 3) expand the use of a PBIS framework in Forum locality schools. This proposal builds on current Seattle Forum strategic planning efforts to address youth violence, allowing for a critical expansion of these efforts.

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.

The City of Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI) was developed in 2008 in response to community outrage at escalating levels of youth violence in the Southeast, Central, and Southwest neighborhoods of Seattle. Even as youth and young adult violent crime rates in these 3 neighborhoods is the highest in Seattle, a clear gap in services exists for high-risk SYVPI youth as they age out of current juvenile crime prevention services (18+). This project aims to: 1) strengthen and sustain Seattle’s existing Forum for Youth Violence Prevention strategic planning process by expanding trauma-informed education and training programs, including suicide prevention, for diverse professionals who work with youth; 2) integrate youth suicide prevention into the existing Forum strategic planning process; and 3) expand the use of a Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) framework in Forum locality schools. This proposal builds on current Seattle Forum strategic planning efforts to address youth violence, allowing for a critical expansion of these efforts. CA/NCF

Date Created: September 29, 2014