The Patrick-Murray Administration is implementing a comprehensive statewide strategy for preventing youth violence. The Administration's approach is focused on preventing violent crime while at the same time enabling young people to make positive choices and pursue more opportunities.
The Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI) grant program is one of the Patrick-Murray Administration’s strategies to fill gaps in the services available for the highest risk populations. SSYI is a violence prevention strategy aimed at reducing youth homicides and serious assaults in Massachusetts. In fiscal year 2012, approximately $10M in grants were awarded to 11 cities (Boston, Lynn, Lowell, Worcester, Springfield, Lawrence, Brockton, Chelsea, Fall River, New Bedford and Holyoke) for targeted intervention programs with high impact youth and their families. This grant program is a coordinated intervention strategy focused on young men (age 14-24) identified as high risk for becoming perpetrators or victims of gun violence. The goal is to ensure that a full continuum of services - trauma informed case management, intensive supervision, employment, education and health care - are available and coordinated in each city and are reaching the target population.