Baker-Polito Administration Awards $5.65 Million to Combat Gang Violence in Cities

Grants impacting 27 cities and 12 partners will bolster outreach to at-risk youth, support gang task force personnel.

CLICK HERE to read more and learn about the Shannon Community Safety Initiative and the support Fall River is receiving ($381,000)!

2017 Youth of the Year Nominations

The Youth of the Year Award is designed to recognize and encourage the contributions and excellence of the young people of Fall River who have built their character and competence through the fulfillment of America’s Promises, a broad-based alliance whose partners focus attention and resources to help every child receive the Five Promises essential to success: 1.) caring adults, 2.) safe places, 3.) a healthy start, 4.) an effective education and 5.) opportunities to help others. These young people have been instrumental in helping Fall River receive such national recognitions as 100 Best Communities for Young People and All-America City.

CLICK HERE for a nomination form!

Nominations MUST be written:

1.) by an advisor, teacher, mentor or community leader who works directly with a student; 2.) who lives in Fall River and is in their senior year of high school or final year of attaining their HiSET; and 3.) whose personal accomplishments in the past year (January 1 – December 31, 2017) in the areas of personal achievement/special recognition, leadership abilities, extracurricular activities, healthy living, effective learning opportunities and/or community involvementdeserve recognition by our community.

To nominate a youth, please email the completed nomination form to Annemarie Holly at aholly@gfrrec.org by February 9, 2018.  Finalists will be required to submit a short essay and participate in an interview with a community panel. The winners will be announced at a celebration on Absolutely Incredible Kids’ Day (Thursday, March 15, 2018).

MLK Day of Service

To celebrate the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King and to empower and encourage youth to make a commitment to service, the Mayor’s Youth Council, Keystone Club, youth leadership groups and volunteers completed a community service project of writing letters to service men and women serving overseas at the Fall River Boys & Girls Club on January 15th 2018 from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. In addition to the community service project, participants discussed service projects their leadership groups already have organized as well as brainstormed and planned other community service projects.

The MLK Day of Service at the B&GC was a huge success! Over 50 youth participated in the letter writing campaign to service men and women serving overseas. The event also opened up with several police officers and firefighters who had served overseas talking about how important it was to receive letters. Mayor Correia attended the event and sat down with the youth to talk about some of the issues that they were facing.

Upcoming Confronting Discrimination Training

MA SSYI Featured in a National Report

The Safe and Successful Youth Initiative has received national attention being prominently featured in a report by the The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence . The report titled  Investing in Intervention: The Critical Role of State-Level Support in Breaking The Cycle of Urban Gun Violence highlights the success of SSYI as a model for other states to adopt.
The report points to Massachusetts’ leadership on the issue and I just want to say a quick thank you to our State Legislative leaders for your investment in the program, our municipal partners for supporting this approach to ending violence, to our program staff who show up every day to drive our strong outcomes, and to our amazing young people who strive towards a healthy future.
The report says that for other states looking to invest in public safety by starting such a program, these six elements should be present:
1. Focus on High-Risk People and Places
2. Implement Evidence-Based Strategies
3. Provide Robust State-Level Coordination
4. Conduct Regular Program Evaluations
5. Commit to Long-Term, Stable Funding
6. Facilitate Community Input and Engagement
This road map is because of the success of SSYI in Massachusetts! Let’s all be proud of this recognition.

Graffiti Clean Up Project

Funded through the Fall River Shannon Community Safety Initiative and Safe and Successful Youth Initiative, members of the Fall River Police Department’s Special Operation Division and RE-Creation’s Outreach work program worked collaboratively to remove graffiti, in particular gang symbols, from buildings that have been marked by gangs. Removal of gang markings helps to reduce gang rivalry and “ownership” of territory within the city. This effort was just one of several community building projects of the Fall River Youth Violence Prevention Initiative aimed at building partnerships, peace and pride in our community.

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Upcoming Confronting Discrimination Training

Confronting Discrimination Kicks Off!

Confronting Discrimination had an amazing kick off meeting in which we began the discussion of privilege through dialogue and activities.  It was a tremendous training, and we look forward to those ahead!  To learn more about upcoming trainings, please visit: www.facebook.com/confrontingdiscrimination!

Second Youth and Candidate Night a Huge Success!

The second Youth and Candidate Night was a huge success! Mayoral, City Council, and School Committee candidates were invited again to listen to our city’s youth describe their experiences in Fall River.  A panel of 7 local teens described their personal obstacles, what helped them overcome their struggles, and what they feel youth in our city need.  It was an amazing event for Fall River!

To read the Herald News article, CLICK HERE!

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Youth and Candidate Night!

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