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In December of 2014, the Foundation’s Community Development Committee and Youth Violence Prevention Committee updated their respective grantmaking guidelines. The new guidelines are in effect for inquiries, proposals, and grants starting in January of 2015. The changes reflect the Trustees’ evolving interests and thoughts about how this small family foundation can best make a difference with limited funds.
The Community Development Committee clarified its previous priorities and defined focus neighborhoods in Boston and Pittsburgh.
The Youth Violence Prevention Committee made larger changes to ensure its grantmaking aligns with recent research into effective practices. It also expanded to four from two priority geographies.
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The Foundation’s Youth Violence Prevention Initiative supports programs that reduce youth violence and the risk factors that contribute to it. One of the longest-running and highest-ranked solutions in North America is the Stop Now and Plan (SNAP®) Program.
Developed in the late 70s by the Child Development Institute, the program teaches children ages 6-11 how to use coping skills to avoid trouble and control their behavior. SNAP® helps both children and parents (or guardians) effectively deal with anger by teaching them how to respond in a way that makes their problems seem smaller, not bigger.
SNAP® has proven to be effective with children who exhibit anti-social behaviors such as aggression, defiance, lying, and bullying. Through the program, children and parents build the skills necessary to strengthen family bonds and positively impact behavior in their home, school, and community. With practice, children and parents are able to stop, calm down and generate positive solutions at the “snap of their fingers.”
Boys’ and girls’ therapeutic groups meet weekly, where structured and interactive activities such as role play and games teach them behavioral strategies to use in their daily lives and address topics such as stealing and bullying. Parents’ groups meet concurrently, and family counseling, mentoring, and school advocacy are additional program benefits.
Since 2007, the Roy A. Hunt Foundation has granted $105,000 to implement SNAP® in the Pittsburgh area, providing $75,000 to Auberle and $30,000 to Holy Family Institute. Grants to both organizations have included support for the implementation of SNAP® Girls Connection, which focuses specifically on challenges that young girls face. The Child Development Institute has certified staff members from both organizations to deliver the program and provides ongoing monitoring to ensure the programs are high quality.
Results at Auberle and Holy Family are promising. Outcomes from both SNAP® programs show significant decreases (ranging from 75-87% as shown by the Child Behavior Checklist) in the following areas:
Since 1988, Roca has served young people in the greater Boston area who are street- court- or gang-involved, drop-outs, young parents, or refugees and immigrants.
Through transformational relationships (intensive relationship building), Roca helps young people re-engage in society, moving them into educational, employment, and life skills programming.
Youth participate in its nationally-recognized intervention model for two years and Roca follows up with them for at least two more years.
The Foundation has made 9 grants totaling $248,500 to Roca since 2000. The most recent was a $50,000 commitment to expand its programs to Springfield, MA, a city with poverty, unemployment, gang-related violence, gun violence, and juvenile incarceration rates above state averages. In Springfield, Roca expects to serve up to 100 young men with the following results: 80% will graduate high school or show other educational gains, 80% will retain employment for up to six months, and 80% will demonstrate decreased criminal or delinquent behavior.
The Boston Foundation established StreetSafe Boston as a violence prevention and intervention program aimed at dramatically reducing gun violence in the City.
The program works directly with the worst offenders in the poorest, most violence afflicted areas of Boston (South End/Lower Roxbury; Dudley Square, Roxbury; Grove Hall, Roxbury; Bowdoin Street/Geneva Avenue area of Dorchester; and the Morton/Norfolk Street areas of Dorchester and Mattapan).
Through street-level violence interruption, conflict mediation by highly trained streetworkers, and the provision of neighborhood-based services, StreetSafe Boston is guiding young people away from violence and towards more positive alternatives.
With the support of $25,000 from the Foundation’s Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, StreetSafe Boston has already yielded positive results, with a 15% decrease in shootings amongst StreetSafe Boston’s target gangs during our first year of implementation.