Between 1999 and 2000, Mediawrights, a communications strategy and production company in Cambridge, Mass., developed a videotape, a website and marketing materials to describe the experience of the Boston Strategy to Prevent Youth Violence.
In response to a surge in youth violence in the early 1990s, a coalition of law-enforcement agencies, the judiciary, urban ministries, social service agencies, nonprofit organizations, university professors and others developed a series of coordinated interventions, known as the Boston Strategy, which dramatically reduced youth violence.
In 1997, President Bill Clinton launched a National Anti-Gang and Youth Violence Strategy modeled on the Boston Strategy, and the coalition began receiving many requests for guidance from other cities.
Funding: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported the project with a contract of $199,000 between March 1999 and June 2000.
The RWJF contract supplemented earlier RWJF grants, including one to the Boston Police Department to support youth-related activities (ID# 036449) and another to produce a videotape, The Boston Strategy: Stories of Change (See Program Results on ID# 034184).