Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $479,386)
Grantees are funded under this initiative to develop program activities based on the core strategies of the Comprehensive Gang Model. Category 1, Intervention, supports intervention strategies that can dissuade youth from joining gangs and help them discontinue their involvement in gangs. Proposed strategies are built upon the principles of the following core strategies in the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model: Community Mobilization, Opportunities Provision, and Social Intervention.
The Violence Intervention Program-Fort Worth (VIP-FW) Project is designed to reduce violent crime, combat gangs, and enhance public safety through a youth gang intervention initiative. South/Southeastern Fort Worth has many challenges that contribute to the existence of neighborhood gangs and the threat to youth in this community. Project staff will work with partner organizations to implement intervention strategies. The program will work with 75 youth to prevent violence and promote healing from victimization and exposure to violence. This project will convene a task force that meets regularly throughout the project to identify and address service gaps and barriers, and will use funding for a wide variety of intervention strategies that target youth who are in a gang or at risk of joining a gang. CA/NCF