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City of Philadelphia: National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $20,000)

At the direction of President Obama, the Departments of Justice and Education launched the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention (Forum) to begin a national conversation concerning youth and gang violence, raise awareness, and elevate the issue to national significance. This program aims to competitively select as many as four new sites to join the Forum's participating localities of Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, Salinas, and San Jose. The FY 2012 National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention Expansion Project is authorized by the Department of Justice Authorization Act, 2012, Pub. L. No. 112-55, 125 Stat. 552, 617.

The first strategic goal of Mayor Michael Nutter is to make the City of Philadelphia one of the safest Cities in America. In keeping with this goal, the City plans on creating a collaboration between different entities with the overall goal to create and implement a multi-year strategic plan that will result in a reduction of the number of shootings and homicides among youth and young adults ages 14 to 24, in the target areas (shooting and homicide "hotspot" areas Police Districts 22, 39, 24 and 25), thereby decreasing the overall rate of violence in Philadelphia. Philadelphia has the highest homicide rate among large US cities, at 19.6 homicides per 100,000 individuals. This rate is twice that of both Los Angeles and New York City. One grim facet of the Philadelphia murder statistics shows that victims and killers alike are overwhelmingly young black males. From 2008 through 2010, more than half of the shooting victims were children and young adults. The City and its partners are committed to developing a comprehensive strategic plan and learning from the other National Forum cities that face similar challenges to Philadelphia. CA/NCF

Date Created: September 18, 2012