Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $471,000)
The Newark Community Street Team (NCST) was founded by Mayor Ras J. Baraka as Newark’s community-based violence reduction strategy. NCST draws upon an evidence-based, trauma informed approach to violence reduction. NCST hires, trains and deploys Outreach Workers and High Risk Interventionists in the South and West Wards of Newark and operates Newark’s Trauma Recovery Center.
Funding received under opportunity will support the following:
Expansion of NCST’s current High Risk Intervention (HRI) Team by 2 additional High Risk Interventionists, as well as a Project Director and a Project Supervisor. It will also allow us to improve our toll-free hotline response to report neighborhood issues to the HRI team.
Coordination of joint trainings with NCST and NPD on protocols and operating procedures.
Continued coordination with key partners working towards improved public safety in the South Ward.
Increased Administrative Support. As NCST expands, we require an expansion of our programmatic administrative support.
Coordination with UCLA on a comprehensive, qualitative research effort around the HRI program culminating in a documentary narrative.