To address youth violence in the Commonwealth, we have aligned two funding streams: Primary Violence Prevention Through Positive Youth Development and Youth At Risk: Secondary Violence Prevention and Intervention Through Positive Youth Development.
Our Primary Violence Prevention (PVP) programs support youth at elevated risk for violence but who are not yet engaging in serious acts of violence. These prevention intervention include, but are not limited to:
- The promotion of family and community environments that support healthy youth development;
- Quality out-of-school-education programs;
- Strengthening youth skills through Positive Youth Development, and
- Intervening to lessen harm and prevent future violence.
For additional information, please contact L. Jane Ayers at: LJane.Ayers@MassMail.State.MA.US or (617) 624-5459.
The Youth-At-Risk Programs support community organizations which address all types of violence experienced by young people (shared protective factor framework), as well as other significant public health issues which may increase a young person’s risk for violence, such as teen pregnancy and substance use.
Activities funded under this grant program include, but are not limited to:
- Gang Intervention/Diversion;
- Support for Outreach Workers and Outreach Activities in high risk neighborhoods;
- Job Readiness/Life Skills/Employment Programs;
- Arts Expression/Recreation/ Outdoor Learning; and
- Behavioral Health/Counseling and Support Services.
For additional information, please contact Mi-Haita James, at Mi-Haita.James@mass.gov.