Fall River Community Safety Initiative Shannon Brief

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Healthy City Fall River – May 1, 2017 update

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School Community Partnership Hosts Presentation on Human Trafficking

The School Community Partnership hosted Sarah Terrell from Anchor Ministries for her presentation on human trafficking.  This has had an impact on our community, and youth are very vulnerable to being taken advantage of in this illegal and dangerous activity.

For the Herald News article, CLICK HERE

National Youth Violence Prevention Week

This week was full of amazing peace-promoting initiatives and events! Our community has done a great job on collaborating toward youth violence prevention, and we look forward to all the continuing efforts in the future!

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2017 Heroes of Peace

One April 6th, the Heroes of Peace Award ceremony was held following the FRYVP Information Presentation. This year’s 2017 Heroes of Peace are:

Haikeem Stephensen


Seth Hockert-Lotz


Fall River Police Department’s School Resource Officers


Paul Coogan


The Fall River Rotary Club


Makenzie Texeira


Christian Berrios


Fall River Youth Violence Prevention Information Session

In recognition of Youth Violence Prevention Week, the Youth Violence Prevention Initiative hosted the annual Youth Violence Prevention Information Presentation, featuring a panel discussion and the Heroes of Peace Award, at the Boys and Girls Club on April 6, 2017. “Through the collaborative effort of the partners of the Shannon Community Safety Initiative, the Safe and Successful Youth Initiative and the Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, we are engaging and empowering youth to have a positive impact in their lives and in the community.” said Youth Services Coordinator Christian McCloskey. “It is not only what is taking place during this week, but throughout the year. We will also have the annual Peace by Piece Conference as well as a special police-youth dialogue that will be taking place on April 26th at the Boys and Girls Club.” The Fall River Youth Violence Prevention Initiative is a collaboration of dedicated partners focused on empowering the community-at-large to become involved in the reduction and ultimate prevention of youth violence in Fall River.

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CLICK HERE for more pictures and information about the event.

CLICK HERE for the Herald News article about the event.

District Attorney’s Teen Safety Summit

The staff of District Attorney Thomas Quinn III’s Office teamed up with the Bristol County Underage Substance Use Prevention Task Force to offer a day-long Teen Safety Summit at the Venus deMilo Restaurant in Swansea on April 5, 2017. Over 350 youth and their adult advisors gathered for key note speakers and workshops covering street gangs, cyber safety, stress management for teens, the signs of impairment related to marijuana use, and human trafficking for teens and young adults.




Upcoming National Youth Violence Prevention Week!

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This upcoming week, April 3-7th, is National Youth Violence Prevention Week!  Get involved in spreading the peace in our community!

CLICK HERE for some ways you can be involved!


Confronting Discrimination Group Sees Great Success

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).

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Fall River Receives $384K to Fight Gang Violence

Fall River has collected another $384,000 in funding through the Shannon Community Safety Initiative.

The grant was part of the release of $5.7 million in competitive funds provided to communities and partners to bolster their efforts combating community gang violence.

To read more from the Herald News, CLICK HERE