Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $1,000,000)
LISC Safety & Justice will provide training and technical assistance (TTA) to help BJA STOP site grantee schools partner effectively with community violence intervention (CVI) practitioners to reduce violent crime in and around schools in communities nationwide. Using BJA’s recently developed CVI Checklist, LISC will develop a curriculum including webinars and online resources to train schools in understanding CVI approaches, how they apply to school settings and how to work with CVI practitioners in the community to implement best practices. LISC will work with each grantee to pilot a Safe Passages program as an entry point to CVI and community partnerships. In addition, LISC will leverage its relationships with subject matter experts to provide direct, individual TTA to help sites address their unique safety and school violence challenges. LISC will create a series of resources collecting best practices and lessons learned from these and other TTA engagements to inform the broader school safety community of practice.
LISC intends that schools will increase their knowledge and capacity to collaboratively develop solutions to school/community violence challenges so that they will be able to sustain their successes and continue productive CVI engagements in the future. This will benefit both students and the communities in which they live.