Violence is the number one cause of death among the young in many cities, and minority groups are disproportionately affected. CeaseFire was launched in 2000 under the auspices of the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention to address this problem. The program applies a collaborative public health approach to reducing violence that uses community mobilization, outreach workers, faith leader engagement, law enforcement coordination and public education to change norms and provide on-the-spot alternatives to shootings. The program's success in reducing youth and gang violence in high-crime neighborhoods in Chicago has attracted the interest of cities across the country and, in January 2006, a Foundation grant to support the dissemination and replication of the CeaseFire model was approved. It has since become apparent that the most challenging component of the model for sites to bring to life is outreach, which requires the hiring of new staff--indigenous workers who can identify with those who are most likely to shoot someone or be shot themselves and who can be available to intervene on the ground when a crisis arises. These additional funds will be used to enable up to four sites that have demonstrated a good-faith effort to implement CeaseFire, and that pledge fidelity to the model, to hire two to three full-time outreach workers. One of these sites will be Newark/Irvington, which, if successful, may serve as a model and a source of technical assistance for additional communities in New Jersey that have expressed an interest in establishing CeaseFire programs. The project is consistent with the Foundation's Vulnerable Populations Portfolio's strategy of replicating promising models that address the intersection of health and social factors.
Amount Awarded $1,825,588.00
Awarded on: 5/9/2007
Time frame: 5/15/2007 - 6/30/2013
Grant Number: 60697
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