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FY2011 Boston Community-Based Violence Prevention Demonstration Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $2,199,999)

The Boston demonstration project will implement the following three-part evidence-based strategy: 1) a neighborhood-based social norms campaign of non-tolerance toward violence, coupled with a saturated consequences campaign targeting youth "shooters"; 2) a comprehensive public health intervention addressing the "shooters" and their families in one of Boston's most violent "hot spot" neighborhoods (the Norfolk area of Mattapan) through case management, job development, transitional employment and other opportunities; and 3) a strengthening of Bostons PACT/ Ceasefire model to ensure that its current enforcement and accountability strategies, and opportunity services match the ever-changing gang culture in Boston.
The proposed project is a combination of the best practices of the Boston and Chicago Ceasefire models and the Richmond Homicide Unit's social norms model. It is comprehensive in nature, consisting of collaboration among multiple agencies using both place-based and people-based strategies. The overarching goal is to reduce youth homicides and shootings in Mattapan by increasing enforcement and accountability; providing violence interruption, conflict resolution, and opportunities to our "shooters" and their families; and mobilizing the community through a saturated social norms and consequences campaign. By leading their partners through this comprehensive strategy, they will positively impact violent crime trends both in the short and long term. CA / NCF

Date Created: August 21, 2011