Mayor Greg Ballard today announced the creation of the 360 Coalition, a partnership created to address the root causes of crime by connecting the work of existing anchor community organizations. Led by the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (GIPC), the coalition’s core partners include Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, United Way of Central Indiana, Marion County Commission on Youth, Indiana Black Expo, the Marion County Re-entry Coalition, and the Indy Hunger Network. Each of these organizations serves as a lead convener in one of seven focus areas and will engage additional organizations.
“We as a community have taken great care to create and support organizations that meet the needs of citizens,” said Mayor Ballard. “The 360 Coalition will connect existing, successful organizations and programs in a thoughtful, data-driven manner. This cradle-to-career initiative is focused on the individual at points in their life when they are most in need of community support.”
The 360 Coalition is an unparalleled initiative to address the root causes of crime from cradle to career by connecting seven focus areas: 0-3 year olds, 3-5 year olds, 6-13 year olds, 14-24 year olds, re-entry, mental health, and food. The identified organizations will work in concert to share information, data, and best practices as they place an even greater emphasis on communication with each other to achieve the best possible outcomes. Partnering organizations are shifting resources to focus on this collaboration and to build capacity through strategic partnerships. The collaboration with the work of re-entry groups and hunger relief efforts will further elevate the impact of this alliance.
J. Murray Clark, chair of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, said “We are pleased Mayor Ballard asked GIPC to be the lead convener for this exciting and meaningful initiative. This year marks 50 years of GIPC’s leadership of activities to advance Indianapolis and this opportunity is a unique chance to work with community leaders on an issue that greatly impacts our city.”
Department of Public Safety agencies will support each of the lead conveners in their specific focus areas and will share key data points with the coalition.