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Patty Santos

10 November 2021

Richmond, California, United States

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Richmond's Operation Peacemaker Fellowship pair mentors with young people at risk of violence, paying the youth a stipend if they meet particular goals toward a more stable and safe life. The mentors are former gang m...

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Zusha Elinson

27 October 2021

Fresno, California, United States

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Advance Peace Fresno tries to turn youth away from violence through mentoring, job training, and by paying them a monthly stipend of up to $1,000 if they hit certain benchmarks in their rehabilitation. The program has...

High Country News

Ruxandra Guidi

20 September 2021

St. Johns, Arizona, United States

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Unrealistic fears of a wave of youth violence left rural Apache County, Colorado, with an unused, costly youth detention facility. So the local courts decided to refashion the empty jail into the Loft Legacy Teen Cent...

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Ruxandra Guidi

13 September 2021

St. Johns, Arizona, United States

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Apache County, Arizona, once had a costly, under-used juvenile detention center and a traditional philosophy that stern punishment would steer young people away from misbehavior. Now the abandoned detention center is ...

Yes! Magazine

Ambika Chawla

9 September 2021

Columbia, Maryland, United States

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Low-income communities of color have less access to nature, they experience "nature deprivation" at a rate three times higher than white people. Regular access to the outdoors improves respiratory health, physical fit...

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Jo Mathys

29 June 2021

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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All people between the ages of 14 and 21 in Washington, D.C., who are placed on probation for criminal convictions get assigned a probation officer, social worker, and a "credible messenger" – a mentor, usually with h...

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Hunter Funk

12 June 2021

Wichita, Kansas, United States

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Rise Up for Youth is a program built into some Wichita schools that works to keep teenagers out of gangs and helps them focus on positive changes in their community. There are two programs — one for males called the B...

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Arielle Davis

21 December 2020

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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The Dream Center provided an invaluable resource to North Tulsa’s largely African-American youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the community center closed its physical space, staff continued food distribution by...

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Layla A. Jones

14 December 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The House of Umoja in West Philadelphia, created in the late 1960s in response to high rates of gang violence, succeeded in helping thousands of young men through a residential treatment program, mediating disputes pe...

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Grant Pepper

8 October 2020

Wooster, Ohio, United States

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A collaboration between Ohio's Wooster City Schools and the College of Wooster has allowed for an enhanced educational experience for many students during the coronavirus pandemic. The partnership not only provides tu...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

8 October 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago's CRED program (Create Real Economic Destiny) blends effective violence-intervention strategies with economic empowerment, life coaching, therapy, and education to provide the kind of opportunity so often lack...

Next City

Adina Solomon

15 September 2020

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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Teens selling water on the sweltering streets of Atlanta are typically dealt with by police officers who often crack down on "unpermitted sales of water by youth." In a new approach, city officials convened a council ...

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Allison Dikanovic

19 March 2020

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Milwaukee's nonprofits serving youth are finding new ways to check in and connect with their students as the coronavirus rules out the possibility for in-person afterschool programming. “Social distancing doesn’t mean...

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Rachel Rippetoe

21 January 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Guns Down Life Up intervenes immediately after incidents of gun violence to prevent retaliation, but then goes further to counsel at-risk youth and to provide victim counseling to help families in the wake of violence...

The Atlantic

Ted Alcorn

13 December 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Since 2012, the New York City Department of Probation’s Arches program has integrated “credible messengers” into its mission, diverting some energies toward helping instead of punishing. The term refers to people, oft...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Larry Platt

6 December 2019

Richmond, Virginia, United States

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RVA League For Safer Streets uses a basketball league as "bait" to change young men's lives by teaching critical thinking and better ways to resolve conflicts. The Richmond, Virginia, program was co-founded in prison ...

The Baltimore Sun

Jessica Anderson

26 November 2019

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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In the first year of Baltimore's use of an anti-violence program for young men that has proven successful in Boston, the program successfully reached about half its targeted contacts, and from that group enrolled abou...

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Allison Dikanovic

2 October 2019

New York, United States

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5-15 Minutes

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After kids spend time in one of New York City's community-based incarceration facilities, they are enrolled in an "aftercare" program, which includes group meetings and mentoring, to help with the transition. As Milwa...

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Michael Tashji

30 August 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Working to train therapy dogs helps kids with issues learn how to cope. Rising Ground, an organization in New York City, provides animal therapy as part of a residential placement program for juveniles facing problems...

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Nichole Manna

24 June 2019

Richmond, California, United States

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Within a year of founding its Office of Neighborhood Safety to prevent gun violence, Richmond saw its most violent neighborhood drop from 27 murders to three. The program pairs former gang members and formerly incarce...

Pacific Standard

Tony Rehagen

17 April 2019

North Dakota, United States

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Using animals as a form of therapy is not a new concept, but combining this practice with traditional Lakota horse rituals has proven to be a powerful anecdote for treating youth mental trauma in these communities. Tr...

The Guardian

Jason Burke

28 March 2019

Mombasa, Kenya

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A new program from London’s Royal United Services Institute takes a hyper-local approach to ending violent extremism. While many efforts across the world are focused on deradicalizing current members of extremist grou...

La Voz de Guanacaste

Noelia Esquivel

26 March 2019

Santa Cruz, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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In Santa Cruz, Costa Rica, the organization Cepia has started Girls Clubs in nine different neighborhoods and are teaching young girls, ages 8-12 about female empowerment, safety, and how to report crimes. In the area...

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Peter O'Dowd

22 March 2019

Thornton, Colorado, United States

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A K-12 public charter school in Colorado was facing a shortage in resources when it came to mental health counseling for students, so professional counselors have started training students to help. These students act ...

The Guardian

Tricia Taormina

8 March 2019

Bihar, India

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Coaches and players around the world are using sports to teach boys about masculinity and the importance of integrity, both on and off the field. From cricket in India to rugby in Fiji, games are used as a foundation ...

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