Safer Tomorrows is part of a larger U.S. Department of Justice grant funded Defending Childhood Initiative in eight communities to prevent children’s exposure to violence as either victims or witnesses, mitigate the negative effects experienced by children exposed to violence, and develop knowledge about and increase awareness of this issue.
“The cities we have awarded grants to today have shown us – through their front-line efforts – real energy and progress in the fight to prevent, reduce and combat childhood exposure to violence,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “Every day children across America are exposed to violence in their homes, in their schools, and in their communities. Through renewing and refocusing our efforts to serve our nation’s most vulnerable and most distressed children we can transform the country we love for the better.”
Funding provided by the Department will be used, in part, to provide education and training for individuals, such as youth workers, teachers and mental health clinicians, working with children and families to prevent, identify and respond to childhood exposure to violence. In addition, sub-grants and training to neighborhood organizations will be provided to implement programming to strengthen families as well as to support youth leaders for the promotion of healthy relationships and prevention of violence among their peers.