We will create a Community Data-Driven Strategic Plan in the target area to help prevent and reduce crime and violence among youth and young adults. We will work to prevent and reduce crime and gun violence among 150 African American males in at-risk situations ages 18-24 including supervised justice-involved and trauma-involved individuals referred by the LA Office of Juvenile Justice, children of incarcerated parents, and out-of-school youth.
The Reclamation and Restoration Ministries, Inc. (RRM) as a “Direct” applicant will implement its Ready4Life Community Violence Intervention and Prevention Project in Baton Rouge, LA Police District #4 including Scotlandville, Southern Heights, and Brookstown. One of the unique characteristics of the Brookstown neighborhood revealed by analysis is that the per capita income of residents is lower than that found in 97.7% of the neighborhoods in America. Also of note, 81.3% of the children in this area live in poverty, and crime rates are higher than the national average. The Project goal is to prevent and reduce violent crime in Baton Rouge by supporting comprehensive evidenced-based crime and violence prevention programs. Project objectives are to (1) build the RRM Working Group called P.E.A.C.E (Planning, Evaluation, and Advisory Coalition Entity); (2) to develop a workable strategic plan through a collaborative, data-collection, multimethod, and analysis approach to understand the nature, patterns, and root causes of community violence in the target area; and (3) to equip Underserved Project Participants of color with education and vocational training credentials, life skills, and place in employment.
Project organizational partners include the US Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana, Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, Baton Rouge Police Department, Baton Rouge Community College, Louisiana Health and Rehab, Pelican Associated Builders and Contractors, Comfort Event Hall, Red River Bank, and Ochsner Health. Project activities include monthly Ready4Life Community Strategy Forums; HiSET/Instruction; Summer Employment; Vocational Skills Training; HealthCare Industry Informational Training and Job Shadowing; Financial Literacy Instruction; Mentor Training Workshops; One-on-One and Group Mentoring; and an Annual Volunteer Recognition and Awards GALA. Project support services will include Case Management and Follow-up Services; Transportation; Nutritious Meals; Recreation; and Cultural Enrichment Outings. Project outcomes will be measured when a CVIPI Strategic Plan has been developed; 75% of the CVIPI Team will be retained; 75% of project participants in the HiSET classes will have passed and shown 75% Literacy and Numeracy gains and received a credential; 75% will complete the Vocational Training and receive a Credential; 75% will be placed in employment, 75% will be retained in the workforce for at least six months, 75% will complete the Financial Literacy Instruction and receive a Certificate; 95% will not participate in acts of violence; 95% of supervised justice-involved participants will not recidivate, and incidents of crime and gun violence will be reduced by 50% in Project Target Area.