Hogsett announces recipients of Community-Based Violence Prevention Partnership

INDIANAPOLIS – Today Mayor Hogsett, along with Office of Public Health and Safety (OPHS) Director Lauren Rodriguez, announced the recipients of the 2022 Community-Based Violence Prevention Partnership Grant.

The annual Community-Based Violence Prevention Partnership is designed to support local community organizations and help with their ability to develop new strategies to combat violence and increase safety in communities with an increase in violent crime.

“The three organizations we recognize today focus on the root causes of violence in Indianapolis neighborhoods,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “From mental and physical health to conflict resolution to better access to services, these groups are doing the work that will create a better Indianapolis for all.”

The three recipients of the grant include New Breed of Youth (New BOY), Brightwood Community Center and VOICES.

Organizations were evaluated based on their ability to monitor performance, program design, and their use of evidence-based practices to combat violent crime. Site visits were also conducted to make final decisions.

This year, each of the recipients will be rewarded with $100,000, a grant that complements the Elevation Grant Program, a $15 million investment made in partnership with the Indianapolis Foundation’s American Rescue Plan.

“The contributions of grassroots organizations reaching out to the community are a genuine, valuable step toward reducing and preventing violence by wrapping around our community,” said OPHS Director Lauren Rodriguez. “And we know that as this partnership continues, our collaboration will build on and expand on their impactful efforts.”

“With this funding, not only are we able to expand our reach to youth in other communities,” said Kareem Hines, founder and CEO of grantee New BOY Mentoring. “But we can also make it easier for other mentoring agencies and families to engage with New BOY in very meaningful ways. I believe our youth engagement philosophy of “connect before correction” is key to building transformative relationships with youth.”

The Community Based Violence Prevention Partnership reflects Hogsett’s $150 million violence reduction plan announced in Fall 2021, which includes $9 million in investments for law enforcement agencies, $45 million for grassroots violence prevention organizations, March 30, and Millions of dollars for mental health resources and more.

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