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City of Chicago application for funding to support activities related to the National Youth Forum on Violence, including school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports component in Chicago

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $245,223)

OJJDP's State and Community Development Awards program was established to provide grants and cooperative agreements to organizations that OJJDP has selected for funds in prior years. This program has been authorized by an Act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice.

The National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention (Forum) was established by the White House in 2011 and is a network of cities united in their drive to prevent youth violence with federal agencies and private partners. The Forum has expanded to a total of 10 cities across the country implementing strategies and evidenced-based programs to reduce youth violence. The Departments of Justice, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Labor as well as the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Office of National Drug Control Policy provide key supports to the Forum cities.

OJJDP provides funding to support the core activities in Forum cities linked to the approved comprehensive plans. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) has provided funding to the Forum cities to improve or expand the use of a "School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports" (SWPBIS) framework.

Chicago is updating its comprehensive youth violence reduction strategy, which includes smart policing, focused investment in prevention and intervention programs, new approaches to support justice-involved youth re-entering their communities, partnerships with the community and private sector, and strategies to reduce the supply and accessibility of illegal guns.

Additional core program support is vital to building on early successes, coordinate inter-agency youth violence prevention work, and identify smart investments and programming for the future. A critical component of this strategy includes implementing Positive Behavior Intervention Supports throughout Chicago Public Schools (CPS) in the most high-risk neighborhoods.

CPS will implement the PBIS model in a small group of elementary and high schools that have a basic level of school-wide preventions but continue to struggle with violence and drug use. These schools will serve as case studies for developing best practices to support all schools throughout the district. CPS will measure participating schools' progress toward the goal of reducing violence and drug use through the PBIS framework by monitoring training and implementation and tracking specific measures through the district's existing disciplinary data system.

Date Created: September 15, 2013