Anti-Violence Intervention

youthriskOur at-risk youth program encourages partnerships between churches and innovative, socially responsible job-creation programs.    We help congregations develop job training, recreational, tutoring, and counseling programs designed to direct at-risk youth away from dangerous activities, and toward productive, life affirming ones.  —

  • Encourages partnerships between churches and innovative, socially responsible job-creation programs.—
  • Helps congregations develop job training, recreational, tutoring, and counseling programs designed to direct at-risk youth away from dangerous activities, and toward productive, life affirming ones.—
  • Prevents the promising majority of young people from falling under the powerful influence of a small disorderly minority.—
  • Heightens community awareness of the impact of national and global economic forces on the availability of local jobs.—
  • Awareness of the importance of jobs that offer appropriate wages and benefits.

Anti-Violence Initiatives

Many major cities have community law enforcement programs, but few systematically include religious institutions.  This presents a serious problem, since churches are ubiquitous and could learn to become safe houses and critical “eyes on the street” if they become integrated into such programs.  We will work with local churches and law enforcement agencies to encourage constructive dialogue between police officers and community leaders in order to create safer communities and to take the best advantage of the presence of our churches in neighborhoods, especially those with high crime rates.

Our own articulation of these programs not only encourages the participation of church members in law enforcement efforts, but emphasizes police accountability to communities.  More specifically, our vision of responsible law enforcement will acknowledge the existence of racial profiling, unjustified police violence, and other practices that weaken our trust in law enforcement.

We identify and/or create models of reconciliation that join law enforcement with communities under the condition of mutual accountability and the intention of just practice.

We:—

  • Encourage constructive dialogue between police officers and community leaders to create safer communities.—
  • Take the best advantage of the presence of our churches in our neighborhoods.—
  • Emphasize police accountability to communities.