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3 organizations to receive $100K to address violence, expand mentorship programs 

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Three organizations will receive $100,000 to support existing efforts to address violence and increase safety in Indianapolis as a part of the Office of Public Health and Safety’s Community-Based Violence Prevention Partnership. City officials announced the funding at a press conference Nov. 17. 

The annual partnership, administered by OPHS, is designed to support the existing efforts, and build new efforts, of community organizations to address violence and increase safety. 

New Breed of Youth (New B.O.Y.), Brightwood Community Center and VOICES will receive grants to address root causes of violence in areas of the city that have seen an increase in violent crime, according to a press release. Proposals were submitted to the city and evaluated based on demonstration of sufficient data collection, performance, design and use of evidence-based practices. 

New B.O.Y. will collaborate with community partners and agencies to serve young men from five neighborhoods identified by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department as “hotspots” in a year-round sports league. The sports league is coupled with community service projects and mentoring. 

Brightwood Community Center will focus its efforts on reducing violence in the Blackburn Terrace Apartments through an initiative called “Cure Violence.” The model uses three strategies to reduce violence: interrupting potentially violent conflicts, identifying and treating individuals at the highest risk, and mobilizing the community by changing the culture and attitude toward crime. 

VOICES will expand its mentorship program to include a community restorative justice practice to a target population of youth ages 13 to 24. Some activities will include paid leadership training, high school credit recovery, job readiness training and connections to community partners for jobs. 

Contact staff writer Jayden Kennett at 317-762- 7847. Follow her on Twitter @JournoJay. 

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