A Grassroots Response to Gun Violence
Brockton Gun Violence Prevention Coalition
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The MA Department of Public Health’s Gun Violence Prevention (GVP) program is a pilot focused on individual- and community-level interventions for 17–24-year-olds who live in communities that are most affected by gun violence. The program applies eight core principles centered on racial equity and trauma-informed care to guide grantees to provide comprehensive services to youth and to address the root causes of gun violence in their communities.
Grassroots community response plays a primary role in addressing the community issue of gun violence and can help to bring about last change. To this aim, the coalition has identified local key partners in implementing the prevention strategies of this project.
Old Colony YMCA – convener of the Brockton Gun Violence Prevention Coalition – is one of 15 grantees throughout the Commonwealth funded by the MA Department of Public Health’s Gun Violence Prevention Program.
Our Mission and Guiding Principles
Our mission is to engage and connect our community to hope.
Our guiding principles are Racial Equity, Cultural Humility, Trauma Informed Care, Restorative Justice, Positive Youth Development, Collective Impact, Intersectionality, Building and Sustaining, Leadership of People of Color.
Our Strategies and Outcomes
Our strategies include street outreach, behavioral health services, mentoring, community collaboration, workforce development.
Our outcomes include youth served, decreasing gun violence, increasing job attainment, increasing educational attainment, and increasing community collaboration.
Our Service Delivery Partners
Cape Verdean Women United (CVWU)
Empowering youth and young adults through the provision of resiliency programming and counseling services.
Inclusion Family Counseling Center
Therapeutic Mentoring , listening sessions, educational programs, and service coordination designed to prevent violence.
Old Colony YMCA | Safe Corners
Street outreach and behavioral health support.