Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $2,000,000)
The Reverence Project (TRP), Advocate for Peace and Urban Unity (APUU), and Developing Options Inc (DOI) are organizations, among others, that form foundational elements of the Los Angeles Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) and Community Violence Intervention (CVI) programming in South LA. The CVI groups in this application have a direct impact on crime through violence intervention, youth programming, and responding to incidents in the community. The groups look to enhance existing outreach and violence intervention work and expand collaboration and capacity with the following goals: create capacity for community violence programming organizations, enhance high-risk intervention and case management, develop a data-driven and collaborative community violence intervention plan, and create equitable community access to services. The proposed community violence work will be collaborative through community input and data assessment from a University of California at Los Angeles researcher. TRP, APUU, and DOI have built a CVI framework to improve and sustain CVI programming. The grant will add violence interventionists, case managers, and development positions to the three organizations. The positions will expand current street outreach and intervention work and build high-risk intervention and case management programming to focus on black and LatinX aged 12–24 who are at the highest risk of becoming either the perpetrators or victims of violent crimes in South LA.