Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $999,996)
This program aims to support and enhance efforts in more places to help catalyze and further the prevention and response to childrens exposure to violence and youth victimization and violence, especially gun and gang violence, through fully comprehensive approaches to violence and the promotion of well-being for youth.
The East Side Youth Violence Prevention Plan focuses on youth in distressed municipalities in St. Clair County (SCC) that are experiencing high rates of youth violence, including the City of East St. Louis, Village of Alorton, Village of Washington Park, and City of Centreville. SCC is partnering with the United Way of Greater St. Louis to enhance and propel the existing work of the East Side Aligned collective impact effort to improve outcomes for young people. East Side Aligned has garnered the support and commitment of system leaders within education, healthcare, all levels of government, economic development, law enforcement, nonprofits and business, constituency leaders, neighborhood associations, faith communities, and youth. Its purpose is to align policy, practice, and investment to achieve the 2025 goals of all children and youth being healthy and safe in their environments; socially connected and emotionally secure; successful in school, college, and work; and positively engaged in their community. CA/NCF