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Youth Leadership & Culturally Responsive Outreach: An Effective Approach to Addressing Children Exposed to Violence

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $1,015,150)

This program aligns with the Department’s priorities to combat victimization and reduce violent crime. Funding under the Strategies to Support Children Exposed to Violence program can be used to develop support services for children exposed to violence in their homes, schools, and communities; and to develop, enhance, and implement violent crime reduction strategies that focus on violent juvenile offenders. This program development and resource allocation decision by interested applicants should be based on currently available resources to the jurisdiction and gaps in services. This program is authorized by 34 U.S.C. 11171-11172; Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2020, Pub. L. No. 116-93; 133 Stat. 2317, 2410.

Youthprise’s project focuses on enhancing citywide service delivery systems engaged in culturally responsive street outreach, informal and formal mentoring, and youth leadership development. The program design and implementation will involve two primary components: service delivery and capacity building. Within these two domains, the project will seek to achieve the following overarching goals: (1) expand the reach and effectiveness of existing culturally relevant street outreach efforts in St. Paul and Minneapolis, (2) train outreach workers on effective mentoring strategies and referral services, and (3) develop leadership among youth through formalized youth councils and a Participatory Action Research project designed to address community violence.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the Community Ambassadors Initiative will serve as core partners for service delivery and implementation. Youthprise will also partner with MENTOR MN and Search Institute to provide training and technical support related to effective mentoring strategies and evaluation capacity building. Youthprise will also expand the availability of community-based, culturally specific outreach workers. CA/NCF

Date Created: October 22, 2020