Since 2006, the Massachusetts Legislature has appropriated funds to support the Massachusetts’s Shannon Community Safety Initiative, modeled after the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) Comprehensive Gang Model (CGM), in an effort to reduce youth and gang violence across the Commonwealth. The Shannon CSI is a multi-sectored approach to address community gang and youth violence problems using five strategy areas:
- Social intervention;
- Opportunity provision;
- Organizational change; and
- Community mobilization.
In addition, Shannon CSI funds are used to support a research component of the Shannon CSI program comprised of the Local Action Research Partners (LARPS) and the Statewide Youth Violence Research Partner (SYVRP). LARPS provide strategic, analytic, and research support to individual Shannon CSI sites. The SYVRP acts as an extension of OGR by providing similar support to EOPSS, the Shannon CSI Local Action Research Partner (LARP), and all funded Shannon CSI sites and partners without a funded LARP. The Research and Policy Analysis Division oversees LARP and SYVRP funding and provides support to the Shannon CSI Initiative in the form of data collection and analysis.
Please visit www.mass.gov/eopss/funding-and-training/justice-and-prev/grants/shannon-csi for more information regarding current funding opportunities. Information regarding OJJDP’s Comprehensive Gang Model can be found at www.nationalgangcenter.gov/Comprehensive-Gang-Model.