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Anti-Violence 
Anti-Violence Agencies Receiving COMBAT Funding

Listing Updated April 23, 2014

 

Ad-Hoc Group Against Crime
Address: 3116 Prospect Avenue
Phone: (816) 861-5500
Contact: Bryan Dial, Jr.

Amount Funded: $ 40,000

Program Summary:  Thinking for a Change (T4C) is an integrated, cognitive behavioral change program for offenders that include cognitive restructuring, social skills development, and development of problem solving skills.  Ad Hoc Group Against Crime will work with Offenders in the correctional setting.  Studies have shown that, when implemented with integrity, it can reduce recidivism among offenders.  We will work with both youth and adults in the local Kansas City Corrections Centers, and Children’s Homes.


ArtsTech
Address: 1522 Holmes Street, Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (816) 461-0201
Contact: David Sullivan

Amount Funded: $ 25,000

Program Summary: ArtsTech, El Grupo Atotonilco, M.U.S.I.C.A., Northeast High School, and Jackson County Family Court propose an innovative and unique anti-violence and gang prevention initiative.  Project “Respeto” is for 12-19 year old at-risk youth and their families.  Through dance, music, anger management, career exploration, and parental skill development, ArtsTech will provide measurable anti-violence strategies and activities to impact the target population.


Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City
Address: 3601 Rockhill Road, Suite 303, Kansas City, MO 64131
Phone: (816) 361-3600
Contact: Jason Roth

Amount Funded: $40,000

Program Summary: Media Arts & Music Matters (MAMM) Gang Violence Prevention Program is designed to recruit and provide experiential learning opportunities for high-risk urban youth that lead to academic, social and person skill attainment and competencies to help prevent their involvement in violent and life threatening environments and behaviors.  The MAMM program will lead with and tap into creative and affective interests and inclinations of targeted youth which attract and sustain participation that brings success, confidence and leads to their learning other competencies, such as academic studies, character, and social skills. 

Through targeted outreach, youth ages 5-18 residing in Kansas City’s urban core will be recruited to participate in this program at the Thornberry and Wagner Units of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City.  Program participants will have access to the full range of Club program elements designed for Club teen members, LIFE Coach mentors, ongoing tutoring, career interests assessments, public speaking, technology and health and life skills.  Additionally, MAMM program participants will have access to ongoing mediation and personal development sessions.


City of Sugar Creek
Address: 
Phone: (816) 252-5560 Ext.227
Contact: Captain Richard Hodges

Amount Funded: $ 29,000

Program Summary: The Community Violence Prevention Police Officer will develop a relationship with community members, solve problems through collaboration with residence and address community issues before they get out of hand.  Once of the main roles of the community Violence Prevention Police Officer is to interact and collaborate with the community.  Community Violence Prevention Police Officers work with local organizations, leaders and ordinary citizens to create and maintain comfortable and safe living conditions.  Officers work side by side with community groups to address specific problems or work toward certain goals.  Community Violence Prevention Officers may help to address problems with children at schools, teenage drug use, public drunkenness, and problems with basic resources or social tensions in the community. 

The Sugar Creek Police Department Community Violence Police Officer will work in conjunction with the Independence School District to enhance “anti-bulling” and “active-shooter” scenario training.  The Independence School District has signed a memorandum of understanding with the City of Sugar Creek, allowing for the two entities to work as partners in community violence prevention. 


Community Mediation Center
Address: 
Phone: (816) 461-8255
Contact: Annette Lantz-Simmons

Amount Funded: $ 45,000

Program Summary: Conflict Resolution Skills: Empowering Youth to Prevent Violence is a school-based intervention with middle school and early high school youth who are at risk for violence.  The project is based on a small successful pilot program that combines Restorative Justice Principles, where those who are involved in conflict work together to solve issues before violence occurs, and conflict resolution skills training.  The project utilizes pro-social and supportive adult interaction with you as a stabilizing response to the threat of violence.  Conflict is normal, violence is not.  Based on conflict theory and the activities that the Community Mediation Center (CMC) has been utilizing with success for 13 years in Jackson County schools, Empowering Youth to Prevent Violence combines Restorative Conferences with the ‘Second Step: A Violence Prevention curriculum’ and evidence based program that teaches cooperation, empathy, emotional control, critical thinking and problem solving.


Dismas House of Kansas City
Address: 
Phone: (816) 531-6050
Contact: Sharice Moses

Amount Funded: $ 50,000

Program Summary: Dismas Anti-Violence Intervention and Deterrent program, hereafter referred to as Project D.A.V.I.D., will be a long-term, outpatient, faith-based and community-based support program designed to forge ways, resources and venues to help perpetrators of violence to remediate their behaviors and develop long-term coping skills to maintain that remediation.  Since 1972, Dismas House of Kansas City has provided behavior management and other treatment services to thousands of offenders from the municipal to federal population levels and foreign alien criminals in the United States, and has seen the demonstration of the adage, “hurt people, hurt people,” countless times.  Further, the majority of violent perpetrators have been victims of some kind of violence and/or traumatic emotional pain at some point in their life.  Consistently, perpetrators of violence demonstrate behaviors and patterns consistent with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  They are enduring suffering caused by systematic abandonment and neglect.  Once of the best explanations of this type of suffering is found in Michelle Alexander’s New York Times Best Seller, “The New Jim Crow”.


Full Employment Council
Address:  
Phone: (816) 471-2330
Contact: Dot Coleman

Amount Funded: $ 20,000

Program Summary: The purpose of the FEC COMBAT Restorative Justice Conflict and Resolution Program is to provide uniquely structured restorative justice service learning combined with stipend supported occupational skills training and mentoring to reduce and prevent the incidence of violence and conflict in high risk disconnected youth between the ages of 16-24 who reside in high-poverty, high-crime communities in the City of Kansas City, Missouri.  The program will target 30 disconnected participants between the ages of 16-24, who are court-involved youth, juvenile ex-offenders who are recently returned to the local community or currently residing in high-poverty, high-crime communities in the targeted area.  The program combines the restorative justice component focused on reciprocity towards the community combined with skills building component connected with individual further connected to mentoring and case management.  It will involve integrating restorative justice component that has no stipend but is based on providing community reciprocity, concurrent with educational skills building component with a stipend attached.  This design addresses economic stabilization that is not evident in restorative justice and they are distinct.  This project provides jobs skills development component that is not evident in conflict resolution programs.  This project provides a systemic referral process between juvenile justice and restorative justice component that is presently operating in a non-specific and unorganized fashion.  This project will provide training and employment opportunities to the target population through: 1) Recruitment 2) job skills/employment assessment 3) Training through career clinics 4) Employment based upon the completion of these courses.


Heartland Center for Behavioral Change
Address: 
Phone: (816) 421-6670 Ext.1361
Contact: Judy Chase

Amount Funded: $35,000
 

Program Summary: Heartland Center for Behavioral Change (HCBC) will target adult men under the supervision of state probation & parole or Jackson County Drug Courts Weekly classes.  HCBC will use a combination of curricula, the first being cognitive-behavioral and the second, psychodynamic.  The cognitive-behavioral curriculum (CBT) is from Texas Christian University (TCU) and focuses on understanding anger, managing anger in relationships, and the cycle of aggression.  It was developed for individuals in the Criminal Justice System.  The second curriculum is Men’s work: How to Stop the Violence That Tears Our Lives Apart, offered through Hazelden.  The approach allows participants to experience emotional engagement and correction that promotes character logical change in a way not experienced in CBT alone. 
 

  
Jackson County Family Court
Address: 
Phone: (816) 881-6503
Contact: Kelly Hams Pearson

Amount Funded: $ 50,000

Program Summary: Parenting with Love and Limits (PLL) is the Jackson County Family Court’s primary parenting and family intervention designed to serve youth under the supervision of the felony diversion program, those in community alternatives to placement (community) and those currently in residential treatment with plans of returning back into the community (re-entry).  The primary aim of the PLL program is to quickly and efficiently stabilize the family to prevent the youth’s further penetration into the juvenile justice system, primary out of home placement; or in the case of youth currently in residential placement, to safely transition youth back into the community through high parent and community involvement before, during and after discharge.  The ultimate goals of PLL participation are to decrease overall recidivism rates of Court involved youth by 30%, reduce the overall length of stay in both residential and community placement by 25%, increase parental involvement, engagement and community support by 40% and realize a cost avoidance or cost savings to tax payers of 25%.


Kansas City Freedom Schools
Address: 
Phone: (816) 483-3717
Contact: Rev. Darren Faulkner

Amount Funded: $ 41,000

Program Summary: The Family Court Freedom School is a four-week summer youth development and academic program offered to low-to mid-level risk felony juvenile offenders, who are at high risk for gang involvement.  The purpose of the summer enrichment program will be to increase reading and math academic achievement, while also boosting self-esteem, developing positive attitudes toward learning, and increasing exposure and participating scholars.  Surrounded by a variety of caring and supportive adults, the Family Courts Freedom School scholars will have a chance to experience the impact of intergenerational leadership and interaction from a structured, but nurturing perspective. 

Family Court scholars will participate in one of the two sessions held from 9 am to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, offering breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack.  The program will focus on individualized reading and math instruction taught by certified teachers, with pre-and post-assessments and periodic quizzes to evaluate short-term and final outcomes of participating scholars’ progress.


Kansas City Health Department (Aim4Peace)
Address: 
Phone: (816) 513-7903
Contact: Tracie McClendon-Cole

Amount Funded: $ 22,500

Program Summary: 


Kansas City Metro Crime Commission

Address: 
Phone: (816) 231-0450
Contact: Ron Smith

Amount Funded: $35,000

Program Summary: The Second Chance Program (SC) of the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission (KCMCC), in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Corrections Division of Probation and Parole (MO DOC), proposes a program to reduce the commission of violent crime by high-risk ex-offenders returning to Kansas City, MO after release from incarceration.  SC undertakes a “smarter” and more intense case management based on the social science strategy of Risk-Need-Responsivity, or RNR, to enhance the typical approach of assisting with basic generic criminogenic needs.  Offenders with a violent history or convictions for serious sex offenses require a more individualized and intense effort to reduce predictors of recidivism specific to them (Minnesota Dept. of Corrections Sex Offender Treatment. 2010.)


Lee's Summit CARES
Address: 
Phone: 
Contact: Monica Meeks

Amount Funded: $ 25,000

Program Summary: LSC will partner with the Lee’s Summit Police Department’s Crime Reduction Team (LSPD CRT) and Sage Crossing neighborhood to provide prevention, education and intervention strategies by using the evidence-based STRYVE community violence prevention model.  Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE) is a national initiative of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

 

STRYVE’s vision is to empower youth to achieve their full potential as connected and contributing members of thriving, violence-free families, schools, and communities by reducing risk factors for violence and strengthening protective factors.  The model is built on the interconnectedness of multiple sectors, including community-based organizations, local government agencies, schools and families that work collaboratively on local strategies.


Mattie Rhodes
Address: 
Phone: (816) 581-5685
Contact: Alisha Gambino

Amount Funded: $46,000

Program Summary: Mattie Rhodes Center’s (MRC) Engaging Parents in Violence Prevention Program capitalizes on MRC’s vast experience providing youth development, violence prevention programming to the Latino community alongside our longstanding community partnership with the Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) to craft an innovative, integral approach to ending violence in our communities.  Historically, through our Violence Intervention and Prevention Program (VIP) MRC has sought to establish a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to offering services in the target community. Family support services are essential to the success of addressing violence among youth at an increased risk.  In addressing the Parenting and Family Interventions area of focus, MRC will be the first to fill this critical gap in violence prevention programming within our target communities.  The proposed project will pilot the activities outline below, initially working with two schools in the target community and seeking to pave the way for greater opportunity for future success.  The target population for the proposed program are the parents for the low-income, underserved Latino youth population in the Northeast and Westside neighborhoods of Kansas City presenting with violence related risk factors such as high crime and violence rates, truancy and low school connectedness. 


reStart, Inc.
Address: 
Phone:  (816) 472-5664 Ext. 238
Contact: Amber Giron

Amount Funded: $ 24,000

Program Summary: reStart, Inc., is seeking COMBAT funding to create an Anti-Violence program for identified and at-risk youth ages 12-22 served in reStart Youth Network programs including Street Outreach Services, Youth Emergency Shelter, Youth Transitional Living Program, Maternity Group Home and Youth Rapid Re-housing Program.  Funding would enable reStart to hire a clinical-level staff person trained to provide intensive, targeted prevention, intervention and aftercare services to both current and potential victims and perpetrators of relationship violence.  The “Relationship Advocate” would work closely with our full-time Youth Therapist to modify the Safe Dates school-based intervention for use in the shelter/community environment.  The goals of this intervention and of reStart’s Anti-Violence program are:  1) to change adolescent dating violence norms, 2) to change adolescent gender-role norms, 3) to teach conflict resolution skills for dating relationships, 4) to promote victim’s and perpetrators’ beliefs in the need for help and awareness of community resources for dating violence, 5) to promote help-seeking by victims and perpetrators, and 6) to improve peer help-giving skills.


Rose Brooks Center
Address: 
Phone: 
Contact: Stephanie Milby

Amount Funded: $ 35,000

Program Summary: The Stand By Me Project, in partnership with Central High School, will impact the lives of 1000 low-income diverse students, working to reduce violence in the school through the innovative evidence-based Green Dot Youth Violence Prevention program.  This is a primary prevention strategy that works to build a community of bystander intolerance of violence by promoting behaviors, words, and attitudes that change the school and community.  It delivers the COMBAT strategy area of community violence prevention, with the recommended focus on a single high school. 

 
           
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