Mike McGinn, Mayor
8/24/2012 5:00:00 PM
Aaron Pickus (206) 684-4000
Mayor announces $978,000 grant for youth violence prevention from the Bureau of Justice Assistance
Funds to focus on Rainier Beach neighborhood
SEATTLE – Today Mayor Mike McGinn announced an award of $978,000 to implement an innovative place-based, community-oriented approach to youth violence prevention. Awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance of the U.S. Department of Justice, the grant will focus on the Rainier Beach community. Building on the existing community work of the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI) and the Rainier Beach Neighborhood Plan Update, this grant will be used to identify "hot spots" of juvenile crime; and with the community, devise intervention and implementation strategies to reduce crime in these locations.
"This program is evidence of my administration's dedication to finding new and innovative ways to support public safety in Seattle," said Mayor McGinn. "I congratulate our staff in the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, the Seattle Police Department, and Public Outreach and Engagement Liaisons for their work with community stakeholders and George Mason University. I look forward to tracking this effort as it unfolds."
For the research and evaluation component of the project, the city will partner with George Mason University's Center for Evidence-based Crime Policy to identify juvenile violence hot spots and root causes. The Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative's partners, the Seattle Neighborhood Group, Boys and Girls Club of King County, and Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition, will use the findings of the research to develop a tailored approach to address these hot spots. Strategies may include physical changes, active participation of community members, prosocial activities and services, and/or policy changes to improve safety for the youth and neighborhood.
The project is slated to begin January 1, 2013. The mayor's Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative will administer the grant.