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CITY RECEIVES $870,000 FEDERAL GRANT FOR YOUTH VIOLENCE PREVENTION

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2013 Sep 23

The City of Newport News is the recipient of a $870,000 federal grant from the Office of Justice Programs’ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). The announcement was made today by the OJJDP Administrator Robert L. Listenbee who was joined by U.S. Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott and Newport News Mayor McKinley L. Price. The grant is through OJJDP’s Community-Based Violence Prevention Program and is aimed at reducing youth violence and gang activity.

“We are very excited about the positive impact that this grant will have on the youth of this city,” said Mayor Price. “Young people matter in this community and we want to give them every opportunity to be successful and to live healthy and productive lives. This is another important step in helping the community to develop and implement successful long-term strategies to address the problem of youth and gang violence.”

The Community-Based Violence Prevention Program provides funding for localities to support federal, state, and local partnerships to replicate proven multi-disciplinary, community-based strategies to reduce violence. The City of Newport News will expand the Targeted Outreach Program (TOP), a community-based collaborative youth violence prevention initiative which utilizes the evidence based framework of the All-Stars Model in partnership with the Newport News Police Department and OneChurch. The Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) approach will be used to empower citizens to change community norms regarding violence. The primary violence prevention strategy of the TOP program is to provide comprehensive resources and preventive services to youth and families in an effort to engage and empower them to make positive contributions to their families and communities. During the three-year grant period, the model will provide 225 at-risk young people with individualized wraparound services and intensive case management. The project will also provide training in the ABCD approach of community mobilization and engagement for 45 youth leaders, prevention groups of 60 young people and 30 community-based youth workers.


About the Office of Justice Programs
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP), within the Department of Justice and headed by Assistant Attorney General Karol V. Mason, provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has six components: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Office for Victims of Crime; and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. More information about OJP can be found at www.ojp.gov.  

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