Our Confronting Discrimination group, through the leadership of United Neighbors and AmeriCorps, has been going strong this year. In the last session on January 18th, Sean Connell from YouthBuild spoke about media literacy — how to identify false news sources, how the media can influence behavior/decision-making/culture, how we access our news (newspaper, social media, TV, etc).
Please click into the pictures below for valuable information regarding a Comprehensive Gang Model and the Trauma-Informed Care Public Health Model. This is a great understanding in working toward breaking the cycle of gang violence.
The School Community Partnership has had a wonderful monthly educational series this school year at Diman Regional High School. On November 22nd, partners received a presentation related to local opioid trends and local responses by Mike Aguiar, the Substance Abuse Grants Coordinator for the City of Fall River, and FRPD Captain Joseph Cabral.
Peter McCarthy, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club, is awarded the prestigious Reverend Doctor Robert P. Lawrence Humanitarian Award. The Humanitarian Award recognizes a citizen or an employee whose actions exemplify excellence in performance of civic responsibilities, show unselfish devotion to his/her fellow man and the community in which he/she lives; or whose actions bring honor to themselves and recognition to the City. It also recognizes outstanding volunteer public service that significantly contributes to individuals, groups, organizations or communities in Massachusetts.
To read more about the award and Peter McCarthy, CLICK HERE!
Following a series of 5 workshops around the city at Boys and Girls Club, Durfee, and Diman, United Neighbors hosted a culminating event at Drums Alive on November 18th. This safe, healthy activity was an evening of fun, play, and unity for youth from various backgrounds!
The 3rd Annual New England Street Worker Conference took place on November 16, 2016 at Gillette Stadium. Over 100 workers from 15 communities took part in the day-long event which focused around building a stronger bond between street worker teams, further strengthening street outreach as a profession, sharing through talking circles and networking between programs. Fall River Shannon Community Safety Initiative and the Safe and Successful Initiative outreach programs participated in the conference.
The keynote speaker was one of the nation’s top gang experts, Victor Gonzalez, whose work with at-risk youths depends upon prevention, intervention and suppression strategies all working together simultaneously. He spoke about establishing rapport and developing trust with gang members and the importance of understanding gang activity in the community. Mr. Gonzalez described what can be accomplished once the street worker profession becomes a recognized one.
United Neighbors sponsored a series of micro aggression and implicit bias trainings that began at the Boys and Girls Club on November 9th. Various youth from around the city attended the first training, including representation from the Mayor’s Youth Council, Boys and Girls Club, and Citizen for Citizen’s Family Planning Peer Leaders group. Upcoming trainings will take place with Re-Creation’s Youth Outreach Program, as well as with students from Durfee High School and Diman Regional High School. It was a great way to confront discrimination in our lives and hear perspectives from one another!
Youth from across the city and its schools gathered to receive more information about the resurrection of the Fall River Mayor’s Youth Council. It promises to be an exciting initiative to have our youth more involved in the development of our city’s future!
The Fall River Youth Violence Prevention initiative is funded in part by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. It is supported by Mayor Jasiel Correia, Senator Michael Rodrigues, Representative Carole Fiola, Representative Alan Silvia, and Representative Paul Schmid.