Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $300,000)
The Advance Peace Fresno Violence Prevention and Intervention Program is the result of a collaborative effort between the City of Fresno and Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (EOC) Advance Peace Program. Advance Peace Fresno is a community-based public health and safety strategy that aims to build healthier, safer, and more just communities by putting an end to cyclical and retaliatory gun violence in urban neighborhoods. The Advance Peace program includes street-level outreach and an 18-month fellowship for individuals who are at-risk of violent crime. During the fellowship, Advance Peace fellows receive support to disrupt the cycles of violence and enable a peaceful path toward personal development, employment, education, and stability. This grant will fund a variety of trauma-informed mental health services for violence impacted individuals to support healing, build conflict resolution skills and develop social-emotional tools.