We have exciting news to share out of New York State this morning!
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced this week that seven programs modeled after Cure Violence will share more than $2 million in grants designed to reduce gun violence in communities across New York State.
“This is a real win for New York State,” said Cure Violence Founder Gary Slutkin, “We cannot stand by silently as an epidemic of violence rages on in America. I commend Governor Cuomo’s investment in the prevention of violence and in the health of children, families and communities in his state.”
Building on the SNUG initiative formed in New York in 2009, each of the seven programs combine street outreach and violence intervention projects in localities that have been shown to have high volumes and rates of homicides and shootings. They use street outreach workers—you may know them as “violence interrupters–” who are trained to reduce violence or prevent further violence from occurring.
The initiative also promotes street-level outreach and intervention to help steer young adults away from solving problems with guns and violence to positive approaches that keep communities safe.
Sites selected to implement or expand the program are: Jacobi Medical Center (Bronx), Back to Basics (Buffalo), Action for a Better Community (Rochester), Syracuse Model Neighborhood (Syracuse), and Family Services of Westchester (Westchester County), Trinity Program (Albany), and YMCA Yonkers (Yonkers).
Each of the programs chosen must implement a coordinated, community-based strategy, similar to the Cure Violence model, which can include neighborhood events and public education activities. Those activities should be led by trusted community advisers who have backgrounds that are the same or similar to the youth they are trying to reach; they may be former gang members, or people who have been formerly incarcerated and have shown positive changes in their lives by turning away from crime.
>> Read the Governor’s announcement: http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/02052014-violence-reduction-programs