Violence Prevention Programs

The Violence Prevention Programs being funded by COMBAT have been broken down into sub-categories to assist you in finding services that meet your specific needs. Some programs may be listed under more than one category because they may have overlapping components (i.e. "Youth-Oriented" and "Bullying."). You can use the "Link to page" links throughout this page or in the navigation to go directly to a program's web page. 
 Bullying / Cyber Bullying Prevention

These are COMBAT-funded programs with a bullying prevention and/or cyber bullying emphasis or component.

AileyCamp & AileyCamp The Group

KANSAS CITY FRIENDS OF ALVIN AILEY PROGRAM -- AileyCamp/AileyCamp The Group is a well-established, innovative summer and after-school hours youth violence prevention program. The program has a proven record of measurable success, particularly with underserved youth and youth of color. KCFAA uses the arts coupled with intensive personal development curriculum driven by the research-informed, violence prevention, empathy curriculum of the Oakland Men’s Project, “How to stop the violence that tears our lives apart” and creative writing classes in the implementation of AileyCamp/AileyCamp the Group. KCFAA programming makes constructive learning activities opportunities for students to form enduring, supportive relationships with adults (educators, parents, family members, guardians). AileyCamp/AileyCamp The Group benefit youth from low-income households in historically undeserved communities identified as hotspots and who experience or are at high risk for adverse childhood experiences.
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Blue Springs COPS Program

BLUE SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT PROGRAM -- The Community Outreach Prevention Strategies (COPS) program addresses children and families’ mental health needs, as well as crime and violence prevention and substance abuse prevention, with the focus on youth, family and the community. Counselors conduct assessments on all individuals to identify their needs, formulate a plan that is appropriate for the situation that COPS offer, including counseling, case management, mentoring and consulting. Counselors will meet with individuals at their location, schools, outreach locations or office. Officers and counselors lead decision making classes consisting of supportive parenting, racial-bias, healthy relationships, impulse control, personal safety, legal awareness, and drug and alcohol groups. Participants may be appropriately assigned a community services day, Girls on Fire program or the Life Sports program, which is conducted by Blue Springs Police Department’s officers and counselors.
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Bridge Anti-Bullying & Life Skills Program

BRIDGE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY PROGRAM -- The Bridge Youth Violence Prevention Program (The Bridge YVP) is designed to prevent and reduce factors that put youth at risk of witnessing a violent crime, being a victim of violence and/or making unhealthy choices. The program consists of a series of life skills and leadership development workshops designed to help students develop and employ healthy strategies when dealing with conflicts in everyday life. Workshops topics include communication strategies, goal setting, healthy relationships, positive self-talk, basic self-care and healthy coping mechanisms. The Bridge also provides on-site psychologists who facilitate counseling sessions to address trauma, anxiety and stress, empowering youth to develop behaviors that foster safe and healthy environments for themselves.
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Child Protection Center

CHILD PROTECTION CENTER, INC. PROGRAM -- The mission of the Child Protection Center (CPC) is to respect the child and protect their voice throughout the investigation of child abuse. The CPC accomplishes its mission and program purpose by providing forensic interviews, family advocacy and mental health services to children ages 3-17 living in Jackson County, who are victims of sexual and physical abuse or who have witnessed a homicide or violent crimes and their non-offending caregivers. The CPC’s Program ensures that children who are victims of child abuse or witness to violent crimes are properly identified, that their statements are made through forensic interviews, and that they are ensured access to all necessary mental health treatments and social supports as soon as possible. In 2019, the CPC served 807 victims of child abuse. Of those, 672 were from Jackson County.
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DeLaSalle Violence Prevention

DELASALLE EDUCATION CENTER PROGRAM -- DeLaSalle’s Violence Prevention program is a multifaceted approach to Prevention, Intervention, and Restoration to best serve DeLaSalle’s students. DeLaSalle’s proactive approach to violence prevention includes offering on-site programming with support from Camp Fire Heartland and school-initiated strategies during school hours as well as after school hours—with off-site programming at organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City and having staff or mentors dedicated to be available and/or respond immediately to situations at all times of the day, night, or weekends. Programs offered during the hours from school dismissal to the evening will provide positive interactions with other students and adults, as opposed to these hours often being the times students are most susceptible to negative influences in their lives. In addition, DeLaSalle will teach to the socio-emotional competencies that are life long and all day skills.
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Eastern Jackson County Schools Collaborative

BLUE SPRINGS SCHOOL DISTRICT PROGRAM -- The Eastern Jackson County Schools Collaborative of Greater Kansas City (EJCSC-GKC) is a joint effort among the school districts of Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, and Lone Jack for the purpose of addressing the prevention of violence among our youth and families in Eastern Jackson County. All school-aged children within the collaborative who are identified to be at risk of violence, either to themselves or others, are eligible for services. All prevention services are guided by the Blue Sprigns School District's psychologist, who acts as the Prevention Services and Drug Abatement Coordinator (PSDAC).
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Helping Youth Plan For Excellence

CALVARY COMMUNITY OUTREACH NETWORK PROGRAM -- The Calvary Community Outreach Network will expand the Helping Youth Plan for Excellence (HYPE) program to provide Trauma Assessment and treatment/referral services aimed at improving the well-being of youth. YYPE will provide additional after-school and evening classes that integrate STEM, Visual & Performing Arts, Nutrition and Healthy Living practice. In addition, Calvary Community will convene and mobilize a Congregational Action Group empowering congregations located in "Hot Spot" Zones to help reduce violence in their neighborhoods through targeted activities.
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Hickman Mills Hope Hangout

HICKMAN MILLS PREVENTION COALITION -- The project provides supportive services for students at high risk of violence or affected by violence between 12 – 20 years of age and their families who are from the Universal, Selected, and Indicated populations to the Hangout within Hickman Mills School District's Burke Academy. Students are reffered by the school district, KCPD South Patrol, Youth Court and Family Court. Due to Covid-19, the students are being assigned to Hope Hangout for virtual and physical support every day of the week (with the exception of Sunday) through the school year and four days a week during the summer. The hours Monday through Friday are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and noon to 3:00 p.m. on most Saturdays. Hope Hangout offers academic support, mental health support, youth leadership development, parenting classes and mentoring, and a safe space to dwell daily in South Kansas City.
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High Aspirations Violence Prevention

HIGH ASPIRATIONS PROGRAM -- Nearly 90% of the High Aspirations’ program participants reside in or adjacent to COMBAT-defined “hot spots.” Considering the frequent changes in address for these young men and boys, most if not all, will at some point in a calendar year reside in, near or travel through these hot spots frequently. A challenge facing HA participants is the competition between life reality (present) and life possibilities (future forward looking). HA endeavors to intervene early in the lives of youth, providing them with the positive influence of a mentor, peer support, academic assistance and leadership building tools to combat persistent negative influences. The challenges, barriers and needs of the Black young men and boys served by HA are many. HA is offering evidence-based, proven successful interventions and activities that lift these boys and young men (8-18), surrounding them with protective factors and encouraging, Higher Aspirations.
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KC Public Schools Defy The Odds

KANSAS CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS PROGRAM -- Kansas City Public Schools is partnering with the Kansas City Police Department’s Gang Intelligence Squad, the Mattie Rhodes Center and the Center for Conflict Resolution to offer the Defying the Odds program in the Northeast neighborhood. The program’s focus will be on more than 350 students identified as being 100 times more likely—than the average American—to have their lives be touched by violence. Each of these students will be placed in a one-to-one mentoring program, and all the students in the Northeast schools will be involved in activities to help mitigate the risks of them being the victim or perpetrator of violence. The training will also be made available to parents and the surrounding neighborhood.
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Mattie Rhodes Violence & Intervention

MATTIE RHODES CENTER -- The Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) program at Mattie Rhodes Center (MRC) focuses on promoting protective factors, facilitating multicomponent interventions  and mobilizing community-wide strategies that mediate the risk factors of violence. The goal is to reduce violence and educate the participants in positive life-skills, conflict resolution tactics, cultural awarenes and community appreciation to instill self-esteem, hope, and purpose to the youth and families in Kansas City’s Historic Northeast community. VIP targets three tiers of youth in the Northeast neighborhood; 1) youth under the age of 18 residing/attending school in the Historic Northeast, 2) at-risk youth living in a high-risk community, and lastly 3) youth who have begun to display delinquent behavior and are at high-risk of entering the juvenile justice system.
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Operation Breakthrough Bullying Prevention

OPERATION BREAKTHROUGH PROGRAM -- Operation Breakthrough's violence prevention efforts in 2021 mostly will include the Committee for Children’s (research-based) Second Steps and Steps to Respect bullying prevention program for 270 preschoolers (ages 4-5) and 305 school-age children (5-16 years). In tandem with these educational resources, a variety of other interventions and activities will be provided to assist in positive pro-social development for both age groups. By learning to recognize bullying, students increase their awareness of the problem, learn to identify when they or others are being bullied and increase their empathy for bullied students. Giving students a clear message to report bullying sets a positive norm, lets students who might bully know there will be consequences, and supports adults in their efforts to reduce bullying.
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Reducing Compound Trauma In Hot Spots

CENTERS FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION PROGRAM -- This project brings trauma-informed conflict resolution processes and training and restorative justice practices to children, youth and adults in four COMBAT-identified hot spots. This project serves approximately 600 people in schools, neighborhoods, families and courts. CCR participants are identified as having caused harm or having been harmed. They live, work or go to school in high crime and high violence areas. They have experienced individual, historical, societal, cultural or secondary trauma. Conflict resolution training and processes are a needed aspect of the full-scale intervention COMBAT is creating, making a direct contribution to violence prevention efforts by successfully promoting the idea that conflicts can be resolved without violence. Since conflict can and sometimes does lead to violence, conflict resolution effectively reduces violence.
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Sheffield Bullying/Violence Prevention

SHEFFIELD PLACE PROGRAM -- The mothers and children at Sheffield Place demonstrate the pervasive, negative effects of severe trauma. Like their mothers, the children bear deep emotional and often physical scars caused by exposure to pervasive alcohol and drug abuse; domestic violence; sexual, physical, emotional and verbal abuse; physical and emotional neglect; neighborhood violence; and the trauma of homelessness itself. Due to the trauma in their lives many of the children at Sheffield Place have the factors that put them at high risk for being bullied and/or bullying. The Bullying/Violence Prevention Project integrates education and skill development to address bullying and violence. The objectives include increasing awareness regarding bullying, teaching skills to combat bullying and empowering children through improved protective factors. The program also increases the mothers' knowledge of bullying and increase parenting skills.
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Listed By Agency

  1.  BULLYING PREVENTION

    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a bullying prevention emphasis or component, including Electronic Agression (a.k.a. Cyber Bullying).

    Blue Springs Police Department
    » Community Outreach Prevention Strategies (COPS)

    Blue Springs School District
    » Eastern Jackson County Schools Collaborative of Greater Kansas City

    Bridge Leadership Academy
    » Bridge Anti-Bullying & Life Skills Program

    Calvary Community Outreach Network
    » Helping Youth Plan For Excellence

    Centers for Conflict Resolution
    » Reducing Compound Trauma In Hot Spots

    DeLaSalle Education Center
    » DeLaSalle Violence Prevention

    Hickman Mills Prevention Coalition
    » Hope Hangout

    High Aspirations
    » Violence Prevention For Jackson County African-American Males

    Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey
    » AileyCamp & AileyCamp The Group

    Kansas City Public Schools
    » Defy The Odds Program

    Mattie Rhodes Center
    » Mattie Rhodes Violence & Intervention Program

    Operation Breakthrough
    » Preschool & Shool-Age Bullying Prevention

    Sheffield Place
    » Sheffield Bullying/Violence Prevention

 Child Abuse Prevention

These are COMBAT-funded programs with a child abuse emphasis or component.

Child Protection Center

CHILD PROTECTION CENTER, INC. PROGRAM -- The mission of the Child Protection Center (CPC) is to respect the child and protect their voice throughout the investigation of child abuse. The CPC accomplishes its mission and program purpose by providing forensic interviews, family advocacy and mental health services to children ages 3-17 living in Jackson County, who are victims of sexual and physical abuse or who have witnessed a homicide or violent crimes and their non-offending caregivers. The CPC’s Program ensures that children who are victims of child abuse or witness to violent crimes are properly identified, that their statements are made through forensic interviews, and that they are ensured access to all necessary mental health treatments and social supports as soon as possible. In 2019, the CPC served 807 victims of child abuse. Of those, 672 were from Jackson County.
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MOCSA Comprehensive Sexual Violence Prevention

METROPOLITAN ORGANIZATION TO COUNT SEXUAL ASSAULT (MOSCA) PROGRAM -- Comprehensive Sexual Violence Prevention is an expansion program that builds on MOCSA’s success with COMBAT in previous years. This program uses a multi-level public health model to prevent sexual assault, child sexual abuse and rape, through two components: 1) MOCSA’s highly successful Youth with Problematic Sexual Behaviors (YPSB) component, an Indicated/Intensive Individualized/Tertiary Prevention effort targeting youth ages 6- to 14-years-old and their families/caregivers. 2) The MOCSA-launched Kansas City, Missouri Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition (KCMO-SVP). Together, the purpose of this two-pronged program is to prevent sexual violence make Jackson County a safer place to live. These two components, combined with MOCSA’s successful Secondary Prevention work in schools, provide an ideal, comprehensive public health approach to addressing sexual assault and sexual abuse in the community.
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Sheffield Bullying/Violence Prevention

SHEFFIELD PLACE PROGRAM -- The mothers and children at Sheffield Place demonstrate the pervasive, negative effects of severe trauma. Like their mothers, the children bear deep emotional and often physical scars caused by exposure to pervasive alcohol and drug abuse; domestic violence; sexual, physical, emotional and verbal abuse; physical and emotional neglect; neighborhood violence; and the trauma of homelessness itself. Due to the trauma in their lives many of the children at Sheffield Place have the factors that put them at high risk for being bullied and/or bullying. The Bullying/Violence Prevention Project integrates education and skill development to address bullying and violence. The objectives include increasing awareness regarding bullying, teaching skills to combat bullying and empowering children through improved protective factors. The program also increases the mothers' knowledge of bullying and increase parenting skills.
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Listed By Agency

  1.  CHILD ABUSE PROGRAMS

    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a child abuse emphasis or component.

    Child Protection Center, Inc.
    » Child Protection Center Program

    Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA)
    » Comprehensive Sexual Violence Prevention In Jackson County

    Sheffield Place
    » Sheffield Bullying/Violence Prevention

 Counseling Services

These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a counseling emphasis or component. Some of these programs have a specifc focus on surviving family members of homicide victims and/or counseling gunshot wound survivors.

AdHoc Violence Prevention Services

AdHOC GROUP AGAINST CRIME PROGRAM -- The purpose of AdHoc’s comprehensive COMBAT-funded Violence Prevention Services is to reduce the impact of violent crime in Jackson County neighborhoods and the potential for further violence. These services correspond to the COMBAT Community Violence Prevention focus area and include Crisis Case Management, as well as free in-house trauma and grief counseling.
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Hope & Healing Support Program

KC MOTHERS IN CHARGE PROGRAM -- The Hope and Healing Support Program of KC Mothers in Charge (KCMIC) helps families of homicide victims cope with the devastating trauma of a violent death; provides a range of support services to help them heal and develop resiliency; and, as part of their healing journey, empowers them to help others and to help build a community safe for all. At homicide scenes, KCMIC provides trauma-informed crisis intervention and peer-to-peer support to family members, explaining police procedures and helping manage grief, hostility, confusion and anger.
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Project RISE (TMC)

TRUMAN MEDICAL CENTER PROGRAM -- The RISE Program is a comprehensive, stepped-care treatment program that seeks to provide nonfatal shooting victims and their families with timely mental health supports in the immediate aftermath of a shooting. The RISE (Responsive Individualized Support and Early Intervention) Program consists of an interdisciplinary team of nurses, social workers, case managers, and behavioral health professionals working to make sure that people affected by gun violence have all the resources they need to recover.
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Reducing Compound Trauma In Hot Spots

CENTERS FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION PROGRAM -- This project brings trauma informed conflict resolution processes and training and restorative justice practices to children, youth and adults in three COMBAT identified hot spots in Jackson County. This project will serve approximately 600 people in schools, neighborhoods, families and courts. Conflict resolution training and processes are a needed aspect of the full-scale intervention COMBAT is creating. These make a direct contribution to violence prevention efforts by successfully promoting the idea that conflicts can be resolved without violence. Since conflict can and sometimes does lead to violence, conflict resolution effectively reduces violence.
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REVEAL Social & Mental Health Services

RECONCILIATION SERVICES PROGRAM -- REVEAL—Restore-Engage-Value-Encourage-Act-Lead—Program offers a comprehensive approach to individual and community healing through evidence-based therapeutic services under the direction of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Reconciliation Services reaches individuals who would not seek therapeutic services elsewhere. The REVEAL Program provides an environment and services that seek to address violence prevention by increasing neighborhood strengths, encouraging pro-social behavior to build community cohesion, and addressing unmet community and individual needs for social and mental health services.
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Listed By Agency

  1.  COUNSELING SERVICES

    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a counseling emphasis or component. Some of these programs have a specifc focus on surviving family members of homicide victims and/or counseling gunshot wound survivors.

    AdHoc Group Against Crime
    » AdHoc Violence Prevention Services

    Centers for Conflict Resolution
    » Reducing Compound Trauma In Hot Spots

    KC Mothers In Charge
    » Hope & Healing Support Program

    Reconciliation Services

    Truman Medical Center
    » Project RISE
 Diversion Programs

These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a diversion emphasis or component. Some of these programs might also be considered an alternative to the standard justice system.

BIP & Peaceful Path Diversion Program

SYNERGY SERVICES, INC. PROGRAM -- In conjunction with the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, Synergy Services developed a Diversion Specialty Court that focuses specifically on domestic violence offenders. Judges who have received domestic violence training will exclusively refer domestic violence (DV) offenders to Synergy's Jackson County BIP and Peaceful Path Diversion Program (BIP) to oversee the offenders’ progress. Synergy's BIP program staff provide individual offender assessments, group education treatment provided by the therapist and monitored case management provided by the Diversion Officer. Ninety percent of offenders will successfully complete the 42-week program.
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Blue Springs COPS Program

BLUE SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT PROGRAM -- The Community Outreach Prevention Strategies (COPS) program addresses children and families’ mental health needs, as well as crime and violence prevention and substance abuse prevention, with the focus on youth, family and the community. Counselors conduct assessments on all individuals to identify their needs, formulate a plan that is appropriate for the situation that COPS offer, including counseling, case management, mentoring and consulting. Counselors will meet with individuals at their location, schools, outreach locations or office. Officers and counselors lead decision making classes consisting of supportive parenting, racial-bias, healthy relationships, impulse control, personal safety, legal awareness, and drug and alcohol groups. Participants may be appropriately assigned a community services day, Girls on Fire program or the Life Sports program, which is conducted by Blue Springs Police Department’s officers and counselors.
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Independence Youth Court Peer Diversion

INDEPENDENCE YOUTH COURT PROGRAM -- The high rates of juveniles involved in criminal activities in Jackson County create an increased risk factor associated with violent behaviors and alcohol and drug use for teens. The Independence Youth Court (IYC) exists to hold juvenile offenders accountable for delinquent behaviors; to provide positive peer-led restorative justice, which promotes leadership and positive youth behavior; to increase juvenile offenders knowledge and enhance refusal skills to avoid criminal behavior, including drug use and violent activities; and to reduce repeated criminal behavior and involvement in the juvenile criminal justice system.
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Reducing Compound Trauma In Hot Spots

CENTERS FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION PROGRAM -- This project brings trauma-informed conflict resolution processes and training and restorative justice practices to children, youth and adults in four COMBAT-identified hot spots. This project serves approximately 600 people in schools, neighborhoods, families and courts. CCR participants are identified as having caused harm or having been harmed. They live, work or go to school in high crime and high violence areas. They have experienced individual, historical, societal, cultural or secondary trauma. Conflict resolution training and processes are a needed aspect of the full-scale intervention COMBAT is creating, making a direct contribution to violence prevention efforts by successfully promoting the idea that conflicts can be resolved without violence. Since conflict can and sometimes does lead to violence, conflict resolution effectively reduces violence.
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Listed By Agency

  1.  DIVERSION PROGRAMS

    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a  diversion emphasis or component. Some of these programs might also be considered an alternative to the standard justice system.

    Blue Springs Police Department
    » Community Outreach Prevention Strategies (COPS)

    Centers for Conflict Resolution
    » Reducing Compound Trauma In Hot Spots

    Independence Youth Court
    » IYC Peer Diversion Court

    Synergy Services, Inc.
    » BIP & Peaceful Path Diversion Program

 Domestic Violence

These are COMBAT-funded programs with a domestic violence emphasis or component.

Bilingual Hotline Response, Crisis Support & Victim Advocacy

NEWHOUSE PROGRAM -- Hotlines serve as an essential resource for victims and bystanders of violence. Nearly 99% of all crisis hotline callers accessed at least one emergency support service, including counseling, sheltering and victim advocacy. Newhouse is an 88-bed emergency shelter facility offering safe housing and critical supportive services to domestic violence victims and their children. Within the heart of the shelter is the Hotline room, staff by trained and experienced Hotline Advocates, who responded to over 12,000 calls in 2020. The Hotline serves as a critical means to access services and began the journey from victim to survivor free from violence. The COMBAT Mid-Year grant will provide vital funding to support client-centered, trauma-informed and culturally-sensitive emergency services for domestic violence victims in the community.
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Blue Springs COPS Program

BLUE SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT PROGRAM -- The Community Outreach Prevention Strategies (COPS) program addresses children and families’ mental health needs, as well as crime and violence prevention and substance abuse prevention, with the focus on youth, family and the community. Counselors conduct assessments on all individuals to identify their needs, formulate a plan that is appropriate for the situation that COPS offer, including counseling, case management, mentoring and consulting. Counselors will meet with individuals at their location, schools, outreach locations or office. Officers and counselors lead decision making classes consisting of supportive parenting, racial-bias, healthy relationships, impulse control, personal safety, legal awareness, and drug and alcohol groups. Participants may be appropriately assigned a community services day, Girls on Fire program or the Life Sports program, which is conducted by Blue Springs Police Department’s officers and counselors.
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BIP & Peaceful Path Diversion Program

SYNERGY SERVICES, INC. PROGRAM -- In conjunction with the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, Synergy Services developed a Diversion Specialty Court that focuses specifically on domestic violence offenders. Judges who have received domestic violence training will exclusively refer domestic violence (DV) offenders to Synergy's Jackson County BIP and Peaceful Path Diversion Program (BIP) to oversee the offenders’ progress. Synergy's BIP program staff provide individual offender assessments, group education treatment provided by the therapist and monitored case management provided by the Diversion Officer. Ninety percent of offenders will successfully complete the 42-week program.
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Child Protection Center

CHILD PROTECTION CENTER, INC. PROGRAM -- The mission of the Child Protection Center (CPC) is to respect the child and protect their voice throughout the investigation of child abuse. The CPC accomplishes its mission and program purpose by providing forensic interviews, family advocacy and mental health services to children ages 3-17 living in Jackson County, who are victims of sexual and physical abuse or who have witnessed a homicide or violent crimes and their non-offending caregivers. The CPC’s Program ensures that children who are victims of child abuse or witness to violent crimes are properly identified, that their statements are made through forensic interviews, and that they are ensured access to all necessary mental health treatments and social supports as soon as possible. In 2019, the CPC served 807 victims of child abuse. Of those, 672 were from Jackson County.
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Hope House Co-Responding Advocacy Program

HOPE HOUSE PROGRAM -- Hope House’s Co-Responding Advocacy Program is a new and innovative program that will close existing gaps in service by expanding services to meet the needs of domestic violence victims residing in Independence. By providing crisis intervention and supportive services at the time an incident occurs, the program will increase victims’ safety and create safer communities by holding offenders accountable. Ultimately, the program helps to break the cycle of violence. Project staff will provide on-scene supportive services for residents of Independence who contact the police department as a result of experiencing domestic violence.
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Hope House's Targeted Domestic Violence Program

HOPE HOUSE, INC. PROGRAM -- The Independence Strivin' Committee has identified the need to increase the community's capacity to ensure the safety and housing stability of survivors of domestic violence. Residents of Hawthorne Place Apartments who have experienced domestic violence need and deserve access to dedicated, full-time staff with training on the issues of domestic violence and trauma. Additionally, research shows that the most successful interventions need to be provided on-site and at the time they are needed to fully address survivors' current safety needs and barriers to housing stability. Hope House's Targeted Domestic Violence Program will address the identified need and bridge the current gap in services that has been identified by the Independence Strivin' Committee. Project staff will provide on-site advocacy and therapy services for residents of Hawthorne Place Apartments who are currently or have previously experienced domestic violence.
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Independence STRIVIN' Initiative

COMMUNITY SERVICES LEAGUE PROGRAM -- In 2017, CSL began its work in the Hawthorne Place Apartments & Townshomes providing employment coaching, financial coaching and income supports/direct assistance. In a little over three years, the program has grown to include Family Stability Coaching, forming a community group to create a Trauma Informed/Resiliency Community Plan, working with Independence Police (IPD) to create a Crisis Response Plan, and working with IPD and Hope House to begin door-to-door outreach for domestic violence victims. The Independence STRIVIN' area has expanded to include Northwest Indepenence and Sugar Creek. Located in the heart of this community, Blendwell is the CSL Work Life Center.
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Mattie Rhodes Violence Intervention & Prevention

MATTIE RHODES CENTER PROGRAM -- Violence is traumatic and disproportionately affects those living in low-income, disinvested neighborhoods. Mattie Rhodes Center VIP program is guided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s framework for violence preventions: The Social-Ecological Model. This model reflects the complex interplay between individual, relationship, community, and societal factors and the necessity to act across multiple levels to reduce and prevent violence. The goal of these supports is to assist youth and families in making significant changes in their behavior to stop the cycle of violence, seek supportive/ intervention services,  prevent youth from engaging in future acts of violence resulting in long-term and widespread changes in the Northeast community, resulting in significant, and lasting effects. This additional COMBAT funding will be utilized to add a Clinical Therapist/Trauma Specialist to the VIP program.
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Melissa's Program

HEALING HOUSE PROGRAM -- "Melissa’s Program" is named after a previous participant in Healing House, Inc.'s recovery support services. Melissa was successfully discharged and returned to her batterer. She was murdered while their 7-year old child was upstairs. Melissa's Program will be dedicated to empowering survivors of domestic violence through the provision of safe housing, supportive counseling and advocacy services. Participants will receive recovery support services and a treatment plan that includes services for domestic violence. This program seeks to connect survivor participants with a nurturing community while enhancing their personal safety, independence, and self-esteem.
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MOSCA Services & Education To Address Sexual Violence

METROPOLITAN ORGANIZATION TO COUNTER SEXUAL ASSAULT PROGRAM -- In 2020 the State of Missouri passed Senate Bill 569, which includes the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights. The bill ensures that survivors have the right to consult with an employee or volunteer of a rape crisis center during any forensic examination and before participating in an interview with law enforcement or a prosecuting attorney. MOCSA has longstanding relationships with currently 19 hospitals in the six-county metropolitan area, which automatically dispatch MOCSA advocates to respond when a victim presents for a forensic examination. Whether these requests occur at noon or midnight, MOCSA is available whenever there is a need with 24-hour advocacy services.
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Reducing Compound Trauma In Hot Spots

CENTERS FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION PROGRAM -- This project brings trauma-informed conflict resolution processes and training and restorative justice practices to children, youth and adults in four COMBAT-identified hot spots. This project serves approximately 600 people in schools, neighborhoods, families and courts. CCR participants are identified as having caused harm or having been harmed. They live, work or go to school in high crime and high violence areas. They have experienced individual, historical, societal, cultural or secondary trauma. Conflict resolution training and processes are a needed aspect of the full-scale intervention COMBAT is creating, making a direct contribution to violence prevention efforts by successfully promoting the idea that conflicts can be resolved without violence. Since conflict can and sometimes does lead to violence, conflict resolution effectively reduces violence.
» PROGRAM PAGE

REVEAL Social & Mental Health Services

RECONCILIATION SERVICES PROGRAM -- REVEAL—Restore-Engage-Value-Encourage-Act-Lead—Program offers a comprehensive approach to individual and community healing through evidence-based therapeutic services under the direction of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Reconciliation Services reaches individuals who would not seek therapeutic services elsewhere. The REVEAL Program provides an environment and services that seek to address violence prevention by increasing neighborhood strengths, encouraging pro-social behavior to build community cohesion, and addressing unmet community and individual needs for social and mental health services.
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Rose Brooks Bridge Program

ROSE BROOKS CENTER PROGRAM -- The Bridge Program systematically connects victims of domestic violence at local hospitals and clinics with immediate domestic violence services and resources in order to offer victims of intimate partner violence a life without abuse. This program connects with COMBAT’s focus on essential services for domestic violence survivors, including trauma counseling for survivors being made available as immediately as possible following the domestic violence occurrence. Also, survivors are fully informed of all resources and services available to them, including counseling, sheltering and victim advocacy.
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Rose Brooks Project SAFE

ROSE BROOKS CENTER PROGRAM -- Project SAFE is Rose Brooks Center’s school-based violence prevention program for children in preschool through 12th grade in Jackson County. Project SAFE carries out Rose Brooks’ mission to end the cycle of domestic violence by reaching at-risk youth in grades pre-K through 12th before they make the life choices that can reproduce the cycle of violence. The program helps students develop resiliency tools and skills necessary to avoid future violence perpetration or victimization. Rose Brooks Center first offered school-based prevention in 1997 in response to schools’ requests to support children with domestic violence trauma. For over 40 years, Rose Brooks Center has provided shelter and supportive services to adults and children impacted by domestic violence. Annually, Rose Brooks Center impacts approximately 14,000 local individuals through professional education and shelter, its hotline, and non-residential advocacy, clinical and prevention services.
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Sheffield Bullying/Violence Prevention

SHEFFIELD PLACE PROGRAM -- The mothers and children at Sheffield Place demonstrate the pervasive, negative effects of severe trauma. Like their mothers, the children bear deep emotional and often physical scars caused by exposure to pervasive alcohol and drug abuse; domestic violence; sexual, physical, emotional and verbal abuse; physical and emotional neglect; neighborhood violence; and the trauma of homelessness itself. Due to the trauma in their lives many of the children at Sheffield Place have the factors that put them at high risk for being bullied and/or bullying. The Bullying/Violence Prevention Project integrates education and skill development to address bullying and violence. The objectives include increasing awareness regarding bullying, teaching skills to combat bullying and empowering children through improved protective factors. The program also increases the mothers' knowledge of bullying and increase parenting skills.
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Trauma First Aid

HOUSING SERVICES OF KANSAS CITY PROGRAM -- Housing Services of Kansas City, a closely held 501(c)3 nonprofit of the Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri (HAKC), is creating a new Trauma First Aid Case Worker (TFAC) initiative to treat trauma experienced by Low Income Public Housing residents and break the cycle of domestic abuse and violence in Kansas City’s public housing. The TFAC Worker will be sited through HAKC’s Resident Services Department and work with HAKC Public Safety officers as they respond to incident reports from HAKC’s Low-Income Public Housing and Senior Developments. The TFAC worker will work intensively for 96-120 hours after a Domestic Violence or other traumatic incident to assist the client with immediate post-traumatic needs, accessing community services, and finding additional therapeutic services. After that time, the client’s case will be transferred to the Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency program for follow-up services and case management.
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Using Physical Exercise To Treat Trauma

COMMUNITY SERVICES LEAGUE PROGRAM -- Trauma—sexual trauma, domestic violence, chronic poverty and other traumatic experiences—can be stored in a person’s muscles, stomach and brain. The body's inability to shut off the flood of hormones into the body, even when no threat is currently happening, keeps victims of severe trauma in this flood, adversely impacting their physical wellbeing. Community Services League will begin using physical exercise and brain science to encourage health and wellness for both children and adults. The exercise programs may include walking, running, dancing, group classes or individual teachings for those who have suffered from relational trauma and for those who hope to never experience it. Exercise is a way to address mental wellness without being mental health providers.
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Youth Guidiance BAM & WOW

YOUTH GUIDIANCE PROGRAM -- BAM and WOW are school-based strength-based, trauma-informed group counseling and clinical mentoring programs that seek to change the life trajectories of BYMOC and GYWOC in grades 6-12, who have been exposed to cycles of intergenerational poverty, violence, and trauma, in large part due to the racial inequities BIPOC communities in America face. Youth Guidance’s culturally competent school-based mental health and social-emotional models work with students who are at higher risk of school withdrawal and anti-social behaviors, so they can gain the skills and resources necessary to thrive in and beyond school. The COMBAT grant supports four full-time BAM & WOW Counselors in providing trauma-informed group counseling and mentoring services to 210 Hickman Mills C-1 School District students who have been exposed to domestic violence and other traumas, both directly and indirectly.
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Listed By Agency

  1.  DOMESTIC VIOLENCE


    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a domestic violence emphasis or component.

    Blue Springs Police Department
    » Community Outreach Prevention Strategies (COPS)
     
    Centers for Conflict Resolution
    » Reducing Compound Trauma In Hot Spots

    Child Protection Center, Inc.
    » Child Protection Center

    Community Services League
    » Independence STRIVIN' Initiative
    » Using Physical Exercise To Treat Trauma

    Healing House
    » Melissa's Program

    Hope House, Inc.
    » Hope House Co-Responding Advocacy Program
    » Hope House's Targeted Domestic Violence Program

    Housing Services of Kansas City
    » Trauma First Aid

    Mattie Rhodes Center
    » Violence Intervention & Prevention

    Metropolitan Organization To Counter Sexual Assault
    » Services & Education To Address Sexual Violence In Jackson County

    Newhouse
    » Bilingual Hotline Response, Crisis Support & Victim Advocacy
     
    Reconciliation Services
    » REVEAL Social & Mental Health Services

    Rose Brooks Center
    » The Bridge Program
    » Project SAFE

    Sheffield Place
    » Bullying/Violence Prevention

    Synery Services, Inc.
    » Jackson County BIP & Peaceful Pah Diversion Program

    Youth Guidance
    » Becoming A Man (BAM) & Working On Womanhood (WOW)

 Ex-Offender / Reentry Programs

These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded programs with an emphasis on assisting incarcerated or recently released individuals—or individuals on probation—get theirs lives on track and help reduce recidivism.

Breaking Cycles of Violence

CENTER FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION -- Breaking Cycles of Violence (BCV) is a reentry program that bridges gaps from incarceration to community supervision to release. The program continues the conflict resolution, restorative justice and trauma training for residents and staff at the Kansas City Reentry Center. Building on the successful components of BCV, this year the Center for Conflict Resolution will add another element to bring the people who have caused harm together—when and where possible—with people who have been harmed to foster healing. People who have caused harm often become trapped in cycles of violence that affect their whole lives and the lives of others around them. BCV addresses CCR training and processes that are trauma-informed and utilize-evidence based cognitive behavior change elements to improve thoughts, emotions and behavior. The training and restorative justice processes help participants find positive ways to deal with conflict before it escalates to violence.
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Prison-to-Workforce Pipeline

TWELFTH STREET HERITAGE DEVELOPMENT CORPORTATION PROGRAM -- Twelfth Street's re-entry program specifically targets men and women who have been released from the penal system. The Prison-to-Workforce Program (re-entry program) was created in 2010 to create and support employment opportunities for ex-offenders re-entering society, as well as providing supportive services to improve their chances for success. Studies show that without effective re-entry programs, recidivdism will remain high. Twelfth Street's re-entry program specifially creates opportunities to reduce the likelihood of ex-offenders returing to prison.
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Probation Navigator Resource

MORNING STAR DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, INC. PROGRAM -- This is a uniquely designed community outreach program geared towards helping individuals with real life and sometimes emergency issues/problems they are dealing with while serving their Kansas city Municipal Court community service probation time. Morning Star provides assistance as a Navigator Resource guide to city, county, state, private and public institutional resources in an effort to solve these individuals’ particular problems, issues or concerns. This effort assists individuals in self-solving issues and helps them from turning toward toward criminal ways to deal with a particular issue or problem.
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Second Chance Reentry Employment Project

KANSAS CITY METROPOLITAN CRIME COMMISSION PROGRAM -- The Second Chance Reentry Employment Project will provide intensive employment focused case management services for a minimum of 30 participants who are supervised by Missouri Department of Corrections. Utilizing the evidence-based practices developed by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), the Resource Specialist(s) work with eligible participants, area employers, landlords, community agencies and MODOC to identify employment-related barriers, address underlying issues of trauma that can lead to job loss, allocate resources for participants, and provide wraparound services related to the overall health and success of reintegration from incarceration. The Second Chance Risk Reduction Center has more than 10 years of experience contracting with MODOC to deliver reentry services, as well as over eight years of experience in reentry employment, boasting a track record of successful employment and recidivism reduction outcomes.
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Workforce Opportunities For Returning Citizens

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF GREATER KANSAS CITY FOUNDATION PROGRAM -- The Foundation addresses crime and recidivism by providing opportunities for economic mobility through the Workforce Opportunities for Returning Citizens (WORC) program. Over the course of 2020, the Foundation implemented a pilot program to address employment needs for returning citizens and educate employers on the need for high impact jobs for formerly incarcerated individuals. In 2021 the Foundation will build on the success of the initial WORC program, which recruited eight Kansas City area employers from different industries and identified six non-profit agencies. In the next phase of WORC the Foundation will promote success and opportunities to engage this talent pipeline among the more than 2,000 business member base of the KC Chamber. Staff will continue recruitment efforts to have businesses examine hiring policies and work with non-profit partners to employ formerly incarcerated individuals.
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Listed By Agency

  1.  EX-OFFENDER / REENTRY

    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded programs with an emphasis on assisting incarcerated or recently released individuals—or individuals on probation—get theirs lives on track and help reduce recidivism.

    Center For Conflict Resolution
    » Breaking Cycles of Violence

    Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City Foundation
    » Workforce Opportunities For Returning Citizens

    Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission
    » Second Change Reentry Employment Project

    Morning Star Development Corporation, Inc.
    » Probation Navigator Resource

    Twelfth Street Heritage Development Corporation
    » Prison-to-Workforce Pipeline

 Gang Violence Prevention

These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a gang violence-prevention emphasis or component.

ArtsTech's Integrated Arts Violence Prevention

ARTSTECH PROGRAM -- This ArtsTech uses a multi-pronged approach to reducing/eliminating violence and substance abuse among our most troubled, at-risk youth and in identified violence “hot spot” neighborhoods. Using the evidence-based techniques identified by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), ArtsTech seeks to prevent violence and accompanying substance abuse by providing strength-based strategies of youth development. The recommendations from the CDC's review of best practices are infused in all our youth development programming and includes culturally specific and relevant strategies based on the unique needs of the urban core and minority youth. ArtsTech incorporates five core competencies: 1) positive sense of self, 2) self-control, 3) decision-making skills, 4) a moral system of belief, and 5) prosocial connectedness that are linked to a healthy child/teen/young adult.
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Hickman Mills Hope Hangout

HICKMAN MILLS PREVENTION COALITION -- The project provides supportive services for students at high risk of violence or affected by violence between 12 – 20 years of age and their families who are from the Universal, Selected, and Indicated populations to the Hangout within Hickman Mills School District's Burke Academy. Students are reffered by the school district, KCPD South Patrol, Youth Court and Family Court. Due to Covid-19, the students are being assigned to Hope Hangout for virtual and physical support every day of the week (with the exception of Sunday) through the school year and four days a week during the summer. The hours Monday through Friday are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and noon to 3:00 p.m. on most Saturdays. Hope Hangout offers academic support, mental health support, youth leadership development, parenting classes and mentoring, and a safe space to dwell daily in South Kansas City.
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KC Public Schools Defy The Odds

KANSAS CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS PROGRAM -- Kansas City Public Schools is partnering with the Kansas City Police Department’s Gang Intelligence Squad, the Mattie Rhodes Center and the Center for Conflict Resolution to offer the Defying the Odds program in the Northeast neighborhood. The program’s focus will be on more than 350 students identified as being 100 times more likely—than the average American—to have their lives be touched by violence. Each of these students will be placed in a one-to-one mentoring program, and all the students in the Northeast schools will be involved in activities to help mitigate the risks of them being the victim or perpetrator of violence. The training will also be made available to parents and the surrounding neighborhood.
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Mattie Rhodes Violence & Intervention

MATTIE RHODES CENTER -- The Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) program at Mattie Rhodes Center (MRC) focuses on promoting protective factors, facilitating multicomponent interventions and mobilizing community-wide strategies that mediate the risk factors of violence. The goal is to reduce violence and educate the participants in positive life-skills, conflict resolution tactics, cultural awarenes and community appreciation to instill self-esteem, hope, and purpose to the youth and families in Kansas City’s Historic Northeast community. VIP targets three tiers of youth in the Northeast neighborhood; 1) youth under the age of 18 residing/attending school in the Historic Northeast, 2) at-risk youth living in a high-risk community, and lastly 3) youth who have begun to display delinquent behavior and are at high-risk of entering the juvenile justice system.
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Night Light Curfew Program

JACKSON COUNTY FAMILY COURT -- The Night Light Program (NLP) is utilized to assist primary Juvenile Probation Officers in maintaining or stabilizing youth in the community by conducting late night curfew checks, encouraging compliance and community safety through the law enforcement presence in various communities of Jackson County. Evening and late-night operations occur between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. at a rate of five to seven nights per week.
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Urban Ranger Corps

URBAN RANGER CORPS PROGRAM -- The URC provides youth programming to boys and young men grades 7th-12th, ages 12 to 18, with a unique opportunity to develop the appropriate life skills necessary for them to become successful and contributing members of society. URC is a singular program operating annually, from June through May, and broken down into two sessions: a Summer Session (June-August) and a School-Year Session (September-May). URC makes available to young men opportunities to expand their involvement in activities that will augment their future personal growth and development as members of a worldwide human resource pool. URC offers each participant a global view in the content areas of Career and Academic Enhancement, Financial and Entrepreneurial Education, and Neighborhood and Community Involvement.
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Whatsoever Youth Services

WHATSOEVER COMMUNITY CENTER PROGRAM -- As documented by the crime "hot spot" maps, Whatsoever is surrounded by areas designated as being "high crime." Whatsoever's goal is to be an oasis among these hot spots—to prevent more youths from falling into crime or becoming victims. Addressing the issues that youth/young adults and their families encounter cannot be assisted with a “cookie cutter” solution. The staff at Whatsoever, with their connection to the community and experience with the resources it takes to overcome these issues, is completely committed to putting preventive practices in action.
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Listed By Agency

  1.  GANG VIOLENCE

    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a gang violence-prevention emphasis or component.

    ArtsTech
    » Integrated Arts Violence Prevention Program

    Hickman Mills Prevention Coalition

    » Hope Hangout

    Jackson County Family Court
    » Night Light Law Enforcement Curfew Program

    Kansas City Public Schools
    » Defy The Odds Program

    Mattie Rhodes Center
    » Mattie Rhodes Violence & Intervention Program

    Urban Ranger Corps
    » Urban Ranger Program

    Whatsoever Community Center
    » Whatsoever Youth Services

 Legal Services

These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program offering legal services.

Adopt-A-Neighborhood Project

LEGAL AID OF WESTERN MISSOURI PROGRAM -- The Adopt-A-Neighborhood Project (AAN) is a collaborative project between Legal Aid of Western Missouri, seven private law firms and seven urban core neighborhoods in Kansas City. Each law firm "adopts" one of these neighborhoods, and volunteer attorneys provide free civil legal services to low-income residents, neighborhood associations and local non-profits that serve the neighborhoods.

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Listed By Agency

  1.  FREE LEGAL SERVICES

    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program offering legal services.

    Legal Aid of Western Missouri
    » Adopt-A-Neighborhood Project
 Parenting Programs

These are COMBAT-funded programs with a parenting emphasis or component.

Arts@UICS - Child Centered Creativity

UNITED INNER CITY SERVICES PROGRAM -- Arts@UICS Child Centered Creativity (C-3) is an art-focused behavioral intervention program developed to expand exposure to the arts while providing behavioral health supports for students. The program uses lay art therapy practices to support children who are exhibiting maladaptive behaviors in the classroom. C-3 provides students designated time in the arts to work on social skills and build confidence in small groups or individually with a teacher. Based on documented observations, students who have participated in C-3 have decreased disruptive and withdrawn behaviors in the classroom. Arts@UICS aligns with several of COMBAT’s Anti-Violence Areas of Focus, including 1) programs that work with victims of violence, including families experiencing domestic violence; 2) high-risk students identified by schools; 3) children of incarcerated parents; and 4) programs that address bullying—including targets of bullying and those bullying others.
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Child Protection Center

CHILD PROTECTION CENTER, INC. PROGRAM -- The mission of the Child Protection Center (CPC) is to respect the child and protect their voice throughout the investigation of child abuse. The CPC accomplishes its mission and program purpose by providing forensic interviews, family advocacy and mental health services to children ages 3-17 living in Jackson County, who are victims of sexual and physical abuse or who have witnessed a homicide or violent crimes and their non-offending caregivers. The CPC’s Program ensures that children who are victims of child abuse or witness to violent crimes are properly identified, that their statements are made through forensic interviews, and that they are ensured access to all necessary mental health treatments and social supports as soon as possible. In 2019, the CPC served 807 victims of child abuse. Of those, 672 were from Jackson County.
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DeLaSalle Violence Prevention

DELASALLE EDUCATION CENTER PROGRAM -- DeLaSalle’s Violence Prevention program is a multifaceted approach to Prevention, Intervention, and Restoration to best serve DeLaSalle’s students. DeLaSalle’s proactive approach to violence prevention includes offering on-site programming with support from Camp Fire Heartland and school-initiated strategies during school hours as well as after school hours—with off-site programming at organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City and having staff or mentors dedicated to be available and/or respond immediately to situations at all times of the day, night, or weekends. Programs offered during the hours from school dismissal to the evening will provide positive interactions with other students and adults, as opposed to these hours often being the times students are most susceptible to negative influences in their lives. In addition, DeLaSalle will teach to the socio-emotional competencies that are life long and all day skills.
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Hickman Mills Hope Hangout

HICKMAN MILLS PREVENTION COALITION -- The project provides supportive services for students at high risk of violence or affected by violence between 12 – 20 years of age and their families who are from the Universal, Selected, and Indicated populations to the Hangout within Hickman Mills School District's Burke Academy. Students are reffered by the school district, KCPD South Patrol, Youth Court and Family Court. Due to Covid-19, the students are being assigned to Hope Hangout for virtual and physical support every day of the week (with the exception of Sunday) through the school year and four days a week during the summer. The hours Monday through Friday are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and noon to 3:00 p.m. on most Saturdays. Hope Hangout offers academic support, mental health support, youth leadership development, parenting classes and mentoring, and a safe space to dwell daily in South Kansas City.
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Independence STRIVIN' Initiative

COMMUNITY SERVICES LEAGUE PROGRAM -- In 2017, CSL began its work in the Hawthorne Place Apartments & Townshomes providing employment coaching, financial coaching and income supports/direct assistance. In a little over three years, the program has grown to include Family Stability Coaching, forming a community group to create a Trauma Informed/Resiliency Community Plan, working with Independence Police (IPD) to create a Crisis Response Plan, and working with IPD and Hope House to begin door-to-door outreach for domestic violence victims. The Independence STRIVIN' area has expanded to include Northwest Indepenence and Sugar Creek. Located in the heart of this community, Blendwell is the CSL Work Life Center.
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Ivanhoe East Quadrant Safety Initiative

IVANHOE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL PROGRAM -- The Initiative is focused on reducing violent crime and preventing conditions that contribute to violence in a targeted area of the Kansas City neighborhood, east of Highway 71 between Euclid Street and Prospect Avenue from 31st to Cleaver Boulevard. As the progress continues, the Initiative’s focus will expand west along major streets, including the 39th Street corridor where Ivanhoe continues to develop housing, mixed-use and commercial projects. The ultimate goal is to eliminate defined “hot spots” for crime along Prospect and deter crime in emerging areas of development. Through a collective impact strategy, Ivanhoe will work with residents and adjacent neighbors to meet four primary outcomes: 1) Increased neighborhood social cohesion, advocacy and organization; 2) Improved neighborhood capacity and sustainability; 3) Decreased violent crime and illegal activities 4) Increased long-term economic development projects and investment.
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KC Public Schools Defy The Odds

KANSAS CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS PROGRAM -- Kansas City Public Schools is partnering with the Kansas City Police Department’s Gang Intelligence Squad, the Mattie Rhodes Center and the Center for Conflict Resolution to offer the Defying the Odds program in the Northeast neighborhood. The program’s focus will be on more than 350 students identified as being 100 times more likely—than the average American—to have their lives be touched by violence. Each of these students will be placed in a one-to-one mentoring program, and all the students in the Northeast schools will be involved in activities to help mitigate the risks of them being the victim or perpetrator of violence. The training will also be made available to parents and the surrounding neighborhood.
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KC Truancy Intervention Program (TIP)

KANSAS CITY MUNICIPAL COURT PROGRAM -- The purpose of the Kansas City Truancy Court is to ensure that children between the ages of 7 and 17 are in school as mandated by law. The Truancy Intervention Program (TIP) is designed to improve the school attendance of youths who are referred to the program by their school districts and to empower parents and guardians who were cited for their children not attending school as directed under the compulsory law while also giving resources to the families as needed. TIP seeks to identify barriers to school attendance and provide support to the parent or guardian and children, resulting in regular school attendance, improvement in academic performance and possible behavior change. The program strives to provide parents or guardians with community resources to overcome the challenges of getting the children to school daily.
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Mattie Rhodes Violence & Intervention

MATTIE RHODES CENTER -- The Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) program at Mattie Rhodes Center (MRC) focuses on promoting protective factors, facilitating multicomponent interventions  and mobilizing community-wide strategies that mediate the risk factors of violence. The goal is to reduce violence and educate the participants in positive life-skills, conflict resolution tactics, cultural awarenes and community appreciation to instill self-esteem, hope, and purpose to the youth and families in Kansas City’s Historic Northeast community. VIP targets three tiers of youth in the Northeast neighborhood; 1) youth under the age of 18 residing/attending school in the Historic Northeast, 2) at-risk youth living in a high-risk community, and lastly 3) youth who have begun to display delinquent behavior and are at high-risk of entering the juvenile justice system.
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Pemberton Park For Grandfamilies

HOUSING SERVICES OF KANSAS CITY PROGRAM -- Pemberton Park provides housing and case management for grandfamilies. These families comprise two very vulnerable, at-risk populations: elderly caregivers living in poverty and children who have experienced significant trauma. Without interventions, these families would most likely experience violence, bullying at school, drug abuse, involvement with the criminal justice system and be subject to other forms of victimization. Instead, Pemberton Park for Grandfamilies offers these families a safe place to live; provides onsite case management to navigate life's ups and downs; ensures issues that could result in eviction are handled before a family faces homelessness; addresses the complexity of grandparents raising grandchildren; and facilitates therapeutic interventions to create emotionally stability. These interventions, plus the referral network in place and available to the residents, are key to preventing violence.
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Operation Breakthrough Bullying Prevention

OPERATION BREAKTHROUGH PROGRAM -- Operation Breakthrough's violence prevention efforts in 2021 mostly will include the Committee for Children’s (research-based) Second Steps and Steps to Respect bullying prevention program for 270 preschoolers (ages 4-5) and 305 school-age children (5-16 years). In tandem with these educational resources, a variety of other interventions and activities will be provided to assist in positive pro-social development for both age groups. By learning to recognize bullying, students increase their awareness of the problem, learn to identify when they or others are being bullied and increase their empathy for bullied students. Giving students a clear message to report bullying sets a positive norm, lets students who might bully know there will be consequences, and supports adults in their efforts to reduce bullying.
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Reducing Compound Trauma In Hot Spots

CENTERS FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION PROGRAM -- This project brings trauma-informed conflict resolution processes and training and restorative justice practices to children, youth and adults in four COMBAT-identified hot spots. This project serves approximately 600 people in schools, neighborhoods, families and courts. CCR participants are identified as having caused harm or having been harmed. They live, work or go to school in high crime and high violence areas. They have experienced individual, historical, societal, cultural or secondary trauma. Conflict resolution training and processes are a needed aspect of the full-scale intervention COMBAT is creating, making a direct contribution to violence prevention efforts by successfully promoting the idea that conflicts can be resolved without violence. Since conflict can and sometimes does lead to violence, conflict resolution effectively reduces violence.
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REVEAL Social & Mental Health Services

RECONCILIATION SERVICES PROGRAM -- REVEAL—Restore-Engage-Value-Encourage-Act-Lead—Program offers a comprehensive approach to individual and community healing through evidence-based therapeutic services under the direction of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Reconciliation Services reaches individuals who would not seek therapeutic services elsewhere. The REVEAL Program provides an environment and services that seek to address violence prevention by increasing neighborhood strengths, encouraging pro-social behavior to build community cohesion, and addressing unmet community and individual needs for social and mental health services.
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Sheffield Bullying/Violence Prevention

SHEFFIELD PLACE PROGRAM -- The mothers and children at Sheffield Place demonstrate the pervasive, negative effects of severe trauma. Like their mothers, the children bear deep emotional and often physical scars caused by exposure to pervasive alcohol and drug abuse; domestic violence; sexual, physical, emotional and verbal abuse; physical and emotional neglect; neighborhood violence; and the trauma of homelessness itself. Due to the trauma in their lives many of the children at Sheffield Place have the factors that put them at high risk for being bullied and/or bullying. The Bullying/Violence Prevention Project integrates education and skill development to address bullying and violence. The objectives include increasing awareness regarding bullying, teaching skills to combat bullying and empowering children through improved protective factors. The program also increases the mothers' knowledge of bullying and increase parenting skills.
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Listed By Agency

  1.  PARENTING  PROGRAMS

    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a parenting emphasis or component.

    Blue Springs Police Department
    » Community Outreach Prevention Strategies (COPS)

    Centers for Conflict Resolution
    » Reducing Compound Trauma In Hot Spots

    Child Protection Center, Inc.
    » Child Protection Center

    Community Services League
    » Independence STRIVIN' Initiative

    DeLaSalle Education Center

    » DeLaSalle Violence Prevention Program

    Hickman Mills Prevention Coalition
    » Hope Hangout

    Housing Services of Kansas City
    » Pemberton Park for Grandfamilies

    Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council
    » Ivanhoe East Quadrant Safety Initiative

    Kansas City Municipal Court
    » Truancy Interventio Program (TIP)

    Mattie Rhodes Center
    » Mattie Rhodes Violence & Intervention Program

    Operation Breakthrough
    » Operation Breakthrough Bullying Prevention

    Reconciliation Services
    » REVEAL Social & Mental Health Services

    Sheffield Place
    » Bullying/Violence Prevention

    United Inner City Services (UICS)
    » Arts@UICS - Child Centered Creativity
 School Attendance/Truancy

These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a school attendance/truancy emphasis or component.

ArtsTech's Integrated Arts Violence Prevention

ARTSTECH PROGRAM -- This ArtsTech uses a multi-pronged approach to reducing/eliminating violence and substance abuse among our most troubled, at-risk youth and in identified violence “hot spot” neighborhoods. Using the evidence-based techniques identified by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), ArtsTech seeks to prevent violence and accompanying substance abuse by providing strength-based strategies of youth development. The recommendations from the CDC's review of best practices are infused in all our youth development programming and includes culturally specific and relevant strategies based on the unique needs of the urban core and minority youth. ArtsTech incorporates five core competencies: 1) positive sense of self, 2) self-control, 3) decision-making skills, 4) a moral system of belief, and 5) prosocial connectedness that are linked to a healthy child/teen/young adult.
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DeLaSalle Violence Prevention

DELASALLE EDUCATION CENTER PROGRAM -- DeLaSalle’s Violence Prevention program is a multifaceted approach to Prevention, Intervention, and Restoration to best serve DeLaSalle’s students. DeLaSalle’s proactive approach to violence prevention includes offering on-site programming with support from Camp Fire Heartland and school-initiated strategies during school hours as well as after school hours—with off-site programming at organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City and having staff or mentors dedicated to be available and/or respond immediately to situations at all times of the day, night, or weekends. Programs offered during the hours from school dismissal to the evening will provide positive interactions with other students and adults, as opposed to these hours often being the times students are most susceptible to negative influences in their lives. In addition, DeLaSalle will teach to the socio-emotional competencies that are life long and all day skills.
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Hickman Mills Hope Hangout

HICKMAN MILLS PREVENTION COALITION -- The project provides supportive services for students at high risk of violence or affected by violence between 12 – 20 years of age and their families who are from the Universal, Selected, and Indicated populations to the Hangout within Hickman Mills School District's Burke Academy. Students are reffered by the school district, KCPD South Patrol, Youth Court and Family Court. Due to Covid-19, the students are being assigned to Hope Hangout for virtual and physical support every day of the week (with the exception of Sunday) through the school year and four days a week during the summer. The hours Monday through Friday are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and noon to 3:00 p.m. on most Saturdays. Hope Hangout offers academic support, mental health support, youth leadership development, parenting classes and mentoring, and a safe space to dwell daily in South Kansas City.
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KC Truancy Intervention Program (TIP)

KANSAS CITY MUNICIPAL COURT PROGRAM -- The purpose of the Kansas City Truancy Court is to ensure that children between the ages of 7 and 17 are in school as mandated by law. The Truancy Intervention Program (TIP) is designed to improve the school attendance of youths who are referred to the program by their school districts and to empower parents and guardians who were cited for their children not attending school as directed under the compulsory law while also giving resources to the families as needed. TIP seeks to identify barriers to school attendance and provide support to the parent or guardian and children, resulting in regular school attendance, improvement in academic performance and possible behavior change. The program strives to provide parents or guardians with community resources to overcome the challenges of getting the children to school daily.
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Mattie Rhodes Violence & Intervention

MATTIE RHODES CENTER -- The Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) program at Mattie Rhodes Center (MRC) focuses on promoting protective factors, facilitating multicomponent interventions and mobilizing community-wide strategies that mediate the risk factors of violence. The goal is to reduce violence and educate the participants in positive life-skills, conflict resolution tactics, cultural awarenes and community appreciation to instill self-esteem, hope, and purpose to the youth and families in Kansas City’s Historic Northeast community. VIP targets three tiers of youth in the Northeast neighborhood; 1) youth under the age of 18 residing/attending school in the Historic Northeast, 2) at-risk youth living in a high-risk community, and lastly 3) youth who have begun to display delinquent behavior and are at high-risk of entering the juvenile justice system.
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MINDDRIVE's STEM Educational Programs

MINDDRIVE, INC. PROGRAM -- Since 2010 MINDDRIVE has offered a STEM project-based, experiential-learning program to underserved, at-risk, culturally diverse teens (14-18 years old) in Kansas City's urban core. The purpose of the program is to provide technical and vocational skills, teamwork, critical thinking, structure, planning, process, success/failure, accomplishment and leadership opportunities in an environment supported by adult volunteer mentors and facilitators. The program has been expanding nearly every, with MINDDRIVE double the number of schools its programming in 2020-21.
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Night Light Curfew Program

JACKSON COUNTY FAMILY COURT -- The Night Light Program (NLP) is utilized to assist primary Juvenile Probation Officers in maintaining or stabilizing youth in the community by conducting late night curfew checks, encouraging compliance and community safety through the law enforcement presence in various communities of Jackson County. Evening and late-night operations occur between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. at a rate of five to seven nights per week.
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Sheffield Bullying/Violence Prevention

SHEFFIELD PLACE PROGRAM -- The mothers and children at Sheffield Place demonstrate the pervasive, negative effects of severe trauma. Like their mothers, the children bear deep emotional and often physical scars caused by exposure to pervasive alcohol and drug abuse; domestic violence; sexual, physical, emotional and verbal abuse; physical and emotional neglect; neighborhood violence; and the trauma of homelessness itself. Due to the trauma in their lives many of the children at Sheffield Place have the factors that put them at high risk for being bullied and/or bullying. The Bullying/Violence Prevention Project integrates education and skill development to address bullying and violence. The objectives include increasing awareness regarding bullying, teaching skills to combat bullying and empowering children through improved protective factors. The program also increases the mothers' knowledge of bullying and increase parenting skills.
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Urban Ranger Corps

URBAN RANGER CORPS PROGRAM -- The URC provides youth programming to boys and young men grades 7th-12th, ages 12 to 18, with a unique opportunity to develop the appropriate life skills necessary for them to become successful and contributing members of society. URC is a singular program operating annually, from June through May, and broken down into two sessions: a Summer Session (June-August) and a School-Year Session (September-May). URC makes available to young men opportunities to expand their involvement in activities that will augment their future personal growth and development as members of a worldwide human resource pool. URC offers each participant a global view in the content areas of Career and Academic Enhancement, Financial and Entrepreneurial Education, and Neighborhood and Community Involvement.
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Whatsoever Youth Services

WHATSOEVER COMMUNITY CENTER PROGRAM -- As documented by the crime "hot spot" maps, Whatsoever is surrounded by areas designated as being "high crime." Whatsoever's goal is to be an oasis among these hot spots—to prevent more youths from falling into crime or becoming victims. Addressing the issues that youth/young adults and their families encounter cannot be assisted with a “cookie cutter” solution. The staff at Whatsoever, with their connection to the community and experience with the resources it takes to overcome these issues, is completely committed to putting preventive practices in action.
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Listed By Agency

  1.  SCHOOL ATTENDANCE/TRUANCY

    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a school attendance/truancy emphasis or component.

    ArtsTech
    » Integrated Arts Violence Prevention Program

    DeLaSalle Education Center
    » DeLaSalle Violence Prevention

    Hickman Mills Prevention Coalition
    » Hope Hangout

    Jackson County Family Court
    » Night Light Law Enforcement Curfew Program

    Kansas City Municipal Court
    » Truancy Intervention Program (TIP)

    Mattie Rhodes Center
    » Mattie Rhodes Violence & Intervention Program

    MINDDRIVE, Inc.
    » STEM Educational Programs

    Sheffield Place
    » Sheffield Bullying/Violence Prevention

    Urban Ranger Corps
    » Urban Ranger Program

    Whatsoever Community Center
    » Whatsoever Youth Services


 Sexual Assault Programs

These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a sexual assault prevention/counseling emphasis or component.

MOCSA Comprehensive Sexual Violence Prevention

METROPOLITAN ORGANIZATION TO COUNT SEXUAL ASSAULT (MOSCA) PROGRAM -- Comprehensive Sexual Violence Prevention is an expansion program that builds on MOCSA’s success with COMBAT in previous years. This program uses a multi-level public health model to prevent sexual assault, child sexual abuse and rape, through two components: 1) MOCSA’s highly successful Youth with Problematic Sexual Behaviors (YPSB) component, an Indicated/Intensive Individualized/Tertiary Prevention effort targeting youth ages 6- to 14-years-old and their families/caregivers. 2) The MOCSA-launched Kansas City, Missouri Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition (KCMO-SVP). Together, the purpose of this two-pronged program is to prevent sexual violence make Jackson County a safer place to live. These two components, combined with MOCSA’s successful Secondary Prevention work in schools, provide an ideal, comprehensive public health approach to addressing sexual assault and sexual abuse in the community.
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Listed By Agency

  1.  SEXUAL ASSAULT PROGRAMS

    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a sexual assault prevention/counseling emphasis or component.

    Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA)
    » Comprehensive Sexual Violence Prevention In Jackson County

 STRIVIN'

These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a direct connection to COMBAT's Striving Together to Reduce Violence In Neighborhoods (STRIVIN') initaitive.

Hickman Mills Hope Hangout

HICKMAN MILLS PREVENTION COALITION -- The project provides supportive services for students at high risk of violence or affected by violence between 12 – 20 years of age and their families who are from the Universal, Selected, and Indicated populations to the Hangout within Hickman Mills School District's Burke Academy. Students are reffered by the school district, KCPD South Patrol, Youth Court and Family Court. Due to Covid-19, the students are being assigned to Hope Hangout for virtual and physical support every day of the week (with the exception of Sunday) through the school year and four days a week during the summer. The hours Monday through Friday are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and noon to 3:00 p.m. on most Saturdays. Hope Hangout offers academic support, mental health support, youth leadership development, parenting classes and mentoring, and a safe space to dwell daily in South Kansas City.
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Hope House's Targeted Domestic Violence Program

HOPE HOUSE, INC. PROGRAM -- Hope House's Targeted Domestic Violence Program addresses the identified need to bridge the current gap in services that has been recognized by the Independence STRIVIN' Committee. Project staff provide on-site advocacy and therapy services for residents of Hawthorne Place Apartments who are currently or have previously experienced domestic violence. As a result of being able to access services on-site, Hope House anticipates survivors will have the resources and support needed to keep themselves and their families safe, cope with the trauma they have experienced and remain in stable and secure housing.
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Independence STRIVIN' Initiative

COMMUNITY SERVICES LEAGUE PROGRAM -- In 2017, CSL began its work in the Hawthorne Place Apartments & Townshomes providing employment coaching, financial coaching and income supports/direct assistance. In a little over three years, the program has grown to include Family Stability Coaching, forming a community group to create a Trauma Informed/Resiliency Community Plan, working with Independence Police (IPD) to create a Crisis Response Plan, and working with IPD and Hope House to begin door-to-door outreach for domestic violence victims. The Independence STRIVIN' area has expanded to include Northwest Indepenence and Sugar Creek. Located in the heart of this community, Blendwell is the CSL Work Life Center.
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Ivanhoe East Quadrant Safety Initiative

IVANHOE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL PROGRAM -- The Initiative is focused on reducing violent crime and preventing conditions that contribute to violence in a targeted area of the Kansas City neighborhood, east of Highway 71 between Euclid Street and Prospect Avenue from 31st to Cleaver Boulevard. As the progress continues, the Initiative’s focus will expand west along major streets, including the 39th Street corridor where Ivanhoe continues to develop housing, mixed-use and commercial projects. The ultimate goal is to eliminate defined “hot spots” for crime along Prospect and deter crime in emerging areas of development. Through a collective impact strategy, Ivanhoe will work with residents and adjacent neighbors to meet four primary outcomes: 1) Increased neighborhood social cohesion, advocacy and organization; 2) Improved neighborhood capacity and sustainability; 3) Decreased violent crime and illegal activities 4) Increased long-term economic development projects and investment.
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Mattie Rhodes Violence & Intervention

MATTIE RHODES CENTER -- The Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) program at Mattie Rhodes Center (MRC) focuses on promoting protective factors, facilitating multicomponent interventions and mobilizing community-wide strategies that mediate the risk factors of violence. The goal is to reduce violence and educate the participants in positive life-skills, conflict resolution tactics, cultural awarenes and community appreciation to instill self-esteem, hope, and purpose to the youth and families in Kansas City’s Historic Northeast community. VIP targets three tiers of youth in the Northeast neighborhood; 1) youth under the age of 18 residing/attending school in the Historic Northeast, 2) at-risk youth living in a high-risk community, and lastly 3) youth who have begun to display delinquent behavior and are at high-risk of entering the juvenile justice system.
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Reducing Compound Trauma In Hot Spots

CENTERS FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION PROGRAM -- This project brings trauma-informed conflict resolution processes and training and restorative justice practices to children, youth and adults in four COMBAT-identified hot spots. This project serves approximately 600 people in schools, neighborhoods, families and courts. CCR participants are identified as having caused harm or having been harmed. They live, work or go to school in high crime and high violence areas. They have experienced individual, historical, societal, cultural or secondary trauma. Conflict resolution training and processes are a needed aspect of the full-scale intervention COMBAT is creating, making a direct contribution to violence prevention efforts by successfully promoting the idea that conflicts can be resolved without violence. Since conflict can and sometimes does lead to violence, conflict resolution effectively reduces violence.
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Safe Zone

SISTERS IN CHRIST PROGRAM -- Safe Zone (SZ) is a neighborhood-based hub that offers access to community resources and direct services under one roof. Based on a violence reduction service delivery system, Safe Zone addresses risk factors for primarily socio-economically disadvantaged underserved youth and families living in high violent crime neighborhoods. The project will serve 50 Raytown families with middle school age children and provide innovative, comprehensive culturally-relevant direct services coupled with a robust referral system based in strong collaborative partnerships.
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  1. STRIVING-250
    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a direct connection to COMBAT's Striving Together to Reduce Violence In Neighborhoods (STRIVIN') initaitive.

    Centers for Conflict Resolution
    » Reducing Compound Trauma In Hot Spots

    Community Services League

    » Independence STRIVIN' Initiative

    Hickman Mills Prevention Coalition
    » Hope Hangout

    Hope House, Inc.
    » Hope House's Targeted Domestic Violence Program

    Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council
    » Ivanhoe East Quadrant Safety Initiative

    Mattie Rhodes Center

    » Mattie Rhodes Violence & Intervention Program

    Sisters In Christ
    » Safe Zone


 Suicide Prevention

These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a suicide prevention emphasis or component.

ArtsTech's Integrated Arts Violence Prevention

ARTSTECH PROGRAM -- This ArtsTech uses a multi-pronged approach to reducing/eliminating violence and substance abuse among our most troubled, at-risk youth and in identified violence “hot spot” neighborhoods. Using the evidence-based techniques identified by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), ArtsTech seeks to prevent violence and accompanying substance abuse by providing strength-based strategies of youth development. The recommendations from the CDC's review of best practices are infused in all our youth development programming and includes culturally specific and relevant strategies based on the unique needs of the urban core and minority youth. ArtsTech incorporates five core competencies: 1) positive sense of self, 2) self-control, 3) decision-making skills, 4) a moral system of belief, and 5) prosocial connectedness that are linked to a healthy child/teen/young adult.
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Blue Springs COPS Program

BLUE SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT PROGRAM -- The Community Outreach Prevention Strategies (COPS) program addresses children and families’ mental health needs, as well as crime and violence prevention and substance abuse prevention, with the focus on youth, family and the community. Counselors conduct assessments on all individuals to identify their needs, formulate a plan that is appropriate for the situation that COPS offer, including counseling, case management, mentoring and consulting. Counselors will meet with individuals at their location, schools, outreach locations or office. Officers and counselors lead decision making classes consisting of supportive parenting, racial-bias, healthy relationships, impulse control, personal safety, legal awareness, and drug and alcohol groups. Participants may be appropriately assigned a community services day, Girls on Fire program or the Life Sports program, which is conducted by Blue Springs Police Department’s officers and counselors.
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Child Protection Center

CHILD PROTECTION CENTER, INC. PROGRAM -- The mission of the Child Protection Center (CPC) is to respect the child and protect their voice throughout the investigation of child abuse. The CPC accomplishes its mission and program purpose by providing forensic interviews, family advocacy and mental health services to children ages 3-17 living in Jackson County, who are victims of sexual and physical abuse or who have witnessed a homicide or violent crimes and their non-offending caregivers. The CPC’s Program ensures that children who are victims of child abuse or witness to violent crimes are properly identified, that their statements are made through forensic interviews, and that they are ensured access to all necessary mental health treatments and social supports as soon as possible. In 2019, the CPC served 807 victims of child abuse. Of those, 672 were from Jackson County.
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DeLaSalle Violence Prevention

DELASALLE EDUCATION CENTER PROGRAM -- DeLaSalle’s Violence Prevention program is a multifaceted approach to Prevention, Intervention, and Restoration to best serve DeLaSalle’s students. DeLaSalle’s proactive approach to violence prevention includes offering on-site programming with support from Camp Fire Heartland and school-initiated strategies during school hours as well as after school hours—with off-site programming at organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City and having staff or mentors dedicated to be available and/or respond immediately to situations at all times of the day, night, or weekends. Programs offered during the hours from school dismissal to the evening will provide positive interactions with other students and adults, as opposed to these hours often being the times students are most susceptible to negative influences in their lives. In addition, DeLaSalle will teach to the socio-emotional competencies that are life long and all day skills.
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Eastern Jackson County Schools Collaborative

BLUE SPRINGS SCHOOL DISTRICT PROGRAM -- The Eastern Jackson County Schools Collaborative of Greater Kansas City (EJCSC-GKC) is a joint effort among the school districts of Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, and Lone Jack for the purpose of addressing the prevention of violence among our youth and families in Eastern Jackson County. All school-aged children within the collaborative who are identified to be at risk of violence, either to themselves or others, are eligible for services. All prevention services are guided by the Blue Sprigns School District's psychologist, who acts as the Prevention Services and Drug Abatement Coordinator (PSDAC).
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REVEAL Social & Mental Health Services

RECONCILIATION SERVICES PROGRAM -- REVEAL—Restore-Engage-Value-Encourage-Act-Lead—Program offers a comprehensive approach to individual and community healing through evidence-based therapeutic services under the direction of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Reconciliation Services reaches individuals who would not seek therapeutic services elsewhere. The REVEAL Program provides an environment and services that seek to address violence prevention by increasing neighborhood strengths, encouraging pro-social behavior to build community cohesion, and addressing unmet community and individual needs for social and mental health services.
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Youth Ambassadors Summer & School Year Programming

YOUTH AMBASSADORS, INC. PROGRAM -- Youth Ambassadors hires youth (ages 14-18), many of whom have a history of multiple trauma exposures and are at risk for violence—either as victims or perpetrators—to participate in work assignments that resemble traditional classroom environments. The focus of Youth Ambassadors' violence prevention efforts include the provision of 21st Century life and job skills, mental health services, social-emotional learning, and exposure to equity and advocacy initiatives. Ambassadors participate in a learning community with intentional instruction from adults considered experts in their respective fields. Each week, Ambassadors receive assignments and exercises to increase their value-added market skills, personal responsibility, critical thinking and mental health. The youth are compensated for their participation. Because of this unique aspect, the youth receive financial literacy workshops to embed practical financial skills early on.
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Zero Suicide

REDISCOVER PROGRAM -- AileyCamp/AileyCamp The Group is a well-established, innovative summer and after-school hours youth violence prevention program. The program has a proven record of measurable success, particularly with underserved youth and youth of color. KCFAA uses the arts coupled with intensive personal development curriculum driven by the research-informed, violence prevention, empathy curriculum of the Oakland Men’s Project, “How to stop the violence that tears our lives apart” and creative writing classes in the implementation of AileyCamp/AileyCamp the Group. KCFAA programming makes constructive learning activities opportunities for students to form enduring, supportive relationships with adults (educators, parents, family members, guardians). AileyCamp/AileyCamp The Group benefit youth from low-income households in historically undeserved communities identified as hotspots and who experience or are at high risk for adverse childhood experiences.
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Listed By Agency

  1.  SUICIDE PREVENTION


    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a suicide prevention emphasis or component.

    ArtsTech
    » Integrated Arts Violence Prevention Program

    Blue Springs Police Department
    » Community Outreach Prevention Strategies (COPS)

    Blue Springs School District
    » Eastern Jackson County Schools Collaborative of Greater Kansas City

    Child Protection Center, Inc.
    » Child Protection Center

    DeLaSalle Education Center
    » DeLaSalle Violence Prevention

    Reconciliation Services
    » REVEAL Social & Mental Health Services

    ReDiscover
    » Show-Me Zero Suicide

 Teen-Dating Violence

These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a teen-dating violence emphasis or component.

Blue Springs COPS Program

BLUE SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT PROGRAM -- The Community Outreach Prevention Strategies (COPS) program addresses children and families’ mental health needs, as well as crime and violence prevention and substance abuse prevention, with the focus on youth, family and the community. Counselors conduct assessments on all individuals to identify their needs, formulate a plan that is appropriate for the situation that COPS offer, including counseling, case management, mentoring and consulting. Counselors will meet with individuals at their location, schools, outreach locations or office. Officers and counselors lead decision making classes consisting of supportive parenting, racial-bias, healthy relationships, impulse control, personal safety, legal awareness, and drug and alcohol groups. Participants may be appropriately assigned a community services day, Girls on Fire program or the Life Sports program, which is conducted by Blue Springs Police Department’s officers and counselors.
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Bridge Anti-Bullying & Life Skills Program

BRIDGE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY PROGRAM -- The Bridge Youth Violence Prevention Program (The Bridge YVP) is designed to prevent and reduce factors that put youth at risk of witnessing a violent crime, being a victim of violence and/or making unhealthy choices. The program consists of a series of life skills and leadership development workshops designed to help students develop and employ healthy strategies when dealing with conflicts in everyday life. Workshops topics include communication strategies, goal setting, healthy relationships, positive self-talk, basic self-care and healthy coping mechanisms. The Bridge also provides on-site psychologists who facilitate counseling sessions to address trauma, anxiety and stress, empowering youth to develop behaviors that foster safe and healthy environments for themselves.
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DeLaSalle Violence Prevention

DELASALLE EDUCATION CENTER PROGRAM -- DeLaSalle’s Violence Prevention program is a multifaceted approach to Prevention, Intervention, and Restoration to best serve DeLaSalle’s students. DeLaSalle’s proactive approach to violence prevention includes offering on-site programming with support from Camp Fire Heartland and school-initiated strategies during school hours as well as after school hours—with off-site programming at organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City and having staff or mentors dedicated to be available and/or respond immediately to situations at all times of the day, night, or weekends. Programs offered during the hours from school dismissal to the evening will provide positive interactions with other students and adults, as opposed to these hours often being the times students are most susceptible to negative influences in their lives. In addition, DeLaSalle will teach to the socio-emotional competencies that are life long and all day skills.
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Hickman Mills Hope Hangout

HICKMAN MILLS PREVENTION COALITION -- The project provides supportive services for students at high risk of violence or affected by violence between 12 – 20 years of age and their families who are from the Universal, Selected, and Indicated populations to the Hangout within Hickman Mills School District's Burke Academy. Students are reffered by the school district, KCPD South Patrol, Youth Court and Family Court. Due to Covid-19, the students are being assigned to Hope Hangout for virtual and physical support every day of the week (with the exception of Sunday) through the school year and four days a week during the summer. The hours Monday through Friday are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and noon to 3:00 p.m. on most Saturdays. Hope Hangout offers academic support, mental health support, youth leadership development, parenting classes and mentoring, and a safe space to dwell daily in South Kansas City.
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Hope House's Targeted Domestic Violence Program

HOPE HOUSE, INC. PROGRAM -- Hope House's Targeted Domestic Violence Program addresses the identified need to bridge the current gap in services that has been recognized by the Independence STRIVIN' Committee. Project staff provide on-site advocacy and therapy services for residents of Hawthorne Place Apartments who are currently or have previously experienced domestic violence. As a result of being able to access services on-site, Hope House anticipates survivors will have the resources and support needed to keep themselves and their families safe, cope with the trauma they have experienced and remain in stable and secure housing.
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Project SAFE

ROSE BROOKS CENTER PROGRAM -- Project SAFE is Rose Brooks Center’s school-based violence prevention program for children in preschool through 12th grade in Jackson County. Project SAFE carries out Rose Brooks’ mission to end the cycle of domestic violence by reaching at-risk youth in grades pre-K through 12th before they make the life choices that can reproduce the cycle of violence. The program helps students develop resiliency tools and skills necessary to avoid future violence perpetration or victimization. Rose Brooks Center first offered school-based prevention in 1997 in response to schools’ requests to support children with domestic violence trauma. For over 40 years, Rose Brooks Center has provided shelter and supportive services to adults and children impacted by domestic violence. Annually, Rose Brooks Center impacts approximately 14,000 local individuals through professional education and shelter, its hotline, and non-residential advocacy, clinical and prevention services.
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Reducing Compound Trauma In Hot Spots

CENTERS FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION PROGRAM -- This project brings trauma-informed conflict resolution processes and training and restorative justice practices to children, youth and adults in four COMBAT-identified hot spots. This project serves approximately 600 people in schools, neighborhoods, families and courts. CCR participants are identified as having caused harm or having been harmed. They live, work or go to school in high crime and high violence areas. They have experienced individual, historical, societal, cultural or secondary trauma. Conflict resolution training and processes are a needed aspect of the full-scale intervention COMBAT is creating, making a direct contribution to violence prevention efforts by successfully promoting the idea that conflicts can be resolved without violence. Since conflict can and sometimes does lead to violence, conflict resolution effectively reduces violence.
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Youth Ambassadors Summer & School Year Programming

YOUTH AMBASSADORS, INC. PROGRAM -- Youth Ambassadors hires youth (ages 14-18), many of whom have a history of multiple trauma exposures and are at risk for violence—either as victims or perpetrators—to participate in work assignments that resemble traditional classroom environments. The focus of Youth Ambassadors' violence prevention efforts include the provision of 21st Century life and job skills, mental health services, social-emotional learning, and exposure to equity and advocacy initiatives. Ambassadors participate in a learning community with intentional instruction from adults considered experts in their respective fields. Each week, Ambassadors receive assignments and exercises to increase their value-added market skills, personal responsibility, critical thinking and mental health. The youth are compensated for their participation. Because of this unique aspect, the youth receive financial literacy workshops to embed practical financial skills early on.
» PROGRAM PAGE

Listed By Agency

  1.  TEEN-DATING VIOLENCE

    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a teen-dating violence emphasis or component.

    Bridge Leadership Academy
    » Bridge Anti-Bullying & Life Skills Program

    Blue Springs Police Department
    » Community Outreach Prevention Strategies (COPS)

    Centers for Conflict Resolution
    » Reducing Compound Trauma In Hot Spots

    DeLaSalle Education Center
    » DeLaSalle Violence Prevention

    Hickman Mills Prevention Coalition
    » Hope Hangout

    Hope House, Inc.
    » Hope House's Targeted Domestic Violence Program

    Rose Brooks Center
    » Project SAFE

    Youth Ambassadors, Inc.
    » Youth Ambassadors Summer & School Year Programming

 Victim Support Services

These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a victim support emphasis or component. The services provided include supporting the surviving family members of homicide victims and counseling services available to gunshot wound survivors.

AdHoc Caring For Crime Survivors

AdHOC GROUP AGAINST CRIME PROGRAM -- The purpose of AdHoc’s comprehensive COMBAT-funded Caring for Crime Survivors program is to reduce the impact of violent crime in Jackson County neighborhoods and the potential for further violence. These services correspond to the COMBAT Violence Prevention focus area. AdHoc seeks to reduce the impact of violence and reduce the potential for retaliation or further harm by focusing on psycho-social healing using two main, existing prevention services: Crisis Case Management and Counseling with licensed therapists. Most Crisis Case Management support is initiated through self-referral calls to AdHoc's 24/7 community and youth Help Lines, through walk-ins to the AdHoc office, and through referrals from community agencies. AdHoc averages 160 calls a month from people requesting some kind of assistance. In addition, the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office and Aim4Peace make referrals for victims and witnesses.
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Child Protection Center

CHILD PROTECTION CENTER, INC. PROGRAM -- The mission of the Child Protection Center (CPC) is to respect the child and protect their voice throughout the investigation of child abuse. The CPC accomplishes its mission and program purpose by providing forensic interviews, family advocacy and mental health services to children ages 3-17 living in Jackson County, who are victims of sexual and physical abuse or who have witnessed a homicide or violent crimes and their non-offending caregivers. The CPC’s Program ensures that children who are victims of child abuse or witness to violent crimes are properly identified, that their statements are made through forensic interviews, and that they are ensured access to all necessary mental health treatments and social supports as soon as possible. In 2019, the CPC served 807 victims of child abuse. Of those, 672 were from Jackson County.
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Hope & Healing Support Program

KC MOTHERS IN CHARGE PROGRAM -- The Hope and Healing Support Program of KC Mothers in Charge (KCMIC) helps families of homicide victims cope with the devastating trauma of a violent death; provides a range of support services to help them heal and develop resiliency; and, as part of their healing journey, empowers them to help others and to help build a community safe for all. At homicide scenes, KCMIC provides trauma-informed crisis intervention and peer-to-peer support to family members, explaining police procedures and helping manage grief, hostility, confusion and anger. In the immediate aftermath of a homicide, KCMIC provides home visits; arranges vigils at the family's request; assists with funeral arrangements; provides emergency assistance, including food and safe shelter; provides a crisis line; helps families understand and navigate the criminal justice system; and makes referrals to other community resources as needed. KCMIC may continue for months and even years.
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Hope House's Targeted Domestic Violence Program

HOPE HOUSE, INC. PROGRAM -- Hope House's Targeted Domestic Violence Program addresses the identified need to bridge the current gap in services that has been recognized by the Independence STRIVIN' Committee. Project staff provide on-site advocacy and therapy services for residents of Hawthorne Place Apartments who are currently or have previously experienced domestic violence. As a result of being able to access services on-site, Hope House anticipates survivors will have the resources and support needed to keep themselves and their families safe, cope with the trauma they have experienced and remain in stable and secure housing.
» PROGRAM PAGE

Independence STRIVIN' Initiative

COMMUNITY SERVICES LEAGUE PROGRAM -- In 2017, CSL began its work in the Hawthorne Place Apartments & Townshomes providing employment coaching, financial coaching and income supports/direct assistance. In a little over three years, the program has grown to include Family Stability Coaching, forming a community group to create a Trauma Informed/Resiliency Community Plan, working with Independence Police (IPD) to create a Crisis Response Plan, and working with IPD and Hope House to begin door-to-door outreach for domestic violence victims. The Independence STRIVIN' area has expanded to include Northwest Indepenence and Sugar Creek. Located in the heart of this community, Blendwell is the CSL Work Life Center.
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Project Rise (TMC)

TRUMAN MEDICAL CENTER PROGRAM -- The RISE Program is a comprehensive, stepped-care treatment program that seeks to provide nonfatal shooting victims and their families with timely mental health supports in the immediate aftermath of a shooting. The RISE (Responsive Individualized Support and Early Intervention) Program consists of an interdisciplinary team of nurses, social workers, case managers, and behavioral health professionals working to make sure that people affected by gun violence have all the resources they need to recover.
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Reducing Compound Trauma In Hot Spots

CENTERS FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION PROGRAM -- This project brings trauma-informed conflict resolution processes and training and restorative justice practices to children, youth and adults in four COMBAT-identified hot spots. This project serves approximately 600 people in schools, neighborhoods, families and courts. CCR participants are identified as having caused harm or having been harmed. They live, work or go to school in high crime and high violence areas. They have experienced individual, historical, societal, cultural or secondary trauma. Conflict resolution training and processes are a needed aspect of the full-scale intervention COMBAT is creating, making a direct contribution to violence prevention efforts by successfully promoting the idea that conflicts can be resolved without violence. Since conflict can and sometimes does lead to violence, conflict resolution effectively reduces violence.
» PROGRAM PAGE

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  1.  VICTIM SUPPORT  PROGRAMS

    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a victim support emphasis or component. The services provided include supporting the surviving family members of homicide victims and counseling services available to gunshot wound survivors.

    AdHoc Group Against Crime
    » Caring For Crime Survivors

    Centers for Conflict Resolution
    » Reducing Compound Trauma In Hot Spots

    Community Services League
    » Independence STRIVIN' Initiative

    Hope House, Inc.
    » Hope House's Targeted Domestic Violence Program

    KC Mothers In Charge
    » Hope & Healing Support Program

    Truman Medical Center
    » Project RISE
 Youth Employment Programs

These are the COMBAT-funded programs with a youth-employment emphasis or component.

ArtsTech Youth Employment & Training Initiative

ARTSTECH PROGRAM -- ArtsTech offers 150 hours of youth-paid apprenticeship opportunities for 75 youth aged 13-17. Participants will learn several crucial life/career skills:job readiness; appropriate on-the-job behavior; avoiding common pitfalls that cause young people to be fired; Money management; time management; substance use and abuse prevention; appropriate leisure skills; and other behaviors that translate to a healthy lifestyle. Participants will also learn what job placements are available and how to match their personal interests with career opportunities. Pre-employment activities include collecting all required documents, including parent/guardian approvals, and processing all youth where they will receive their job assignment so they are prepared to start work.
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Blue Hills Restorative Justice Program

BLUE HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSCOCIATION PROGRAM -- The Restorative Justice Program involves a holistic approach to personal development and economic stability for at-risk and identified vulnerable youths, ages (13-17) in Central Kansas City, MO. Using the evidence-based Theory of Change model as outlined by The Annie E. Casey Foundation (Theory of Change: A Practical Tool For Action, Results and Learning), Blue Hills Neighborhood Association Restorative Justice Program seeks to provide a pathway of change program that encompasses practical cognitive behavioral and conflict resolution skills, coupled with workforce readiness and retention strategies that discourage negative interactions with family members, law enforcement, peers and individuals in their communities.
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Bridge Job Readiness Program

BRIDGE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY PROGRAM -- The Bridge Leadership Academy is creating a Job Readiness Program for youth June 2021 - June 2022. The program will be for 25-plus youth, with a focusing on preparing them to have a success career path. The outcomes the Academy will seek to achieve include: 90% of the participants will complete the program; 80% of participants will develop interpersonal skills; 100% of participants will not show physical aggression while in the program; 100% will learn about three different career paths and how to apply these skills to real life employment. BLA provides a nurturing environment for students from diverse backgrounds to learn and feel a sense of belonging. In addition to traditional academic experiences, BLA provides one-on-one academic tutoring, leadership development programs, healthy food options, physical activity forums to encourage healthy dialogue—all in addition to Job Preparedness and Readiness Skills.
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Calvary Community Outreach HYPE Summer

CALVARY COMMUNITY OUTREACH NETWORK PROGRAM -- Youth are offered 25-hour per week summer employment on the Calvary Community Outreach campus. Administrative positions are available in the Program Director’s office. Other opportunities are available as summer camp counselors, community garden workers and activity staff. Youth earn the minimum wage established by the State of Missouri ($9.45/hour) and receive one meal per day, plus bus passes when needed. CCON will attempt to place youth in jobs to aid them in exploring career interests and aptitudes, building vocational knowledge, developing team and leadership skills, and practicing creative thinking and problem solving. Each youth is also assigned to an adult Youth Employment Mentor who makes regular visits to their workplaces, helping navigate conflicts on the job and teaching basic job skills.
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Cornerstones Build Trybe for Youth Employment

CORNERSTONES OF CARE PROGRAM -- The purpose of Cornerstones of Care’s Build Trybe program is to build a bridge to successful employment in skilled trades for youth aging out of foster care, foster youth with mental health disorders, homeless youth and students with behavioral challenges. Build Trybe provides experiential learning opportunities in horticulture, culinary, construction, landscaping, metalworking and woodworking trades. Build Trybe trains youth aged 13 and over in advanced trades programming, utilizing learning centers and community partners to create real-world experiential classes. Apprentices in the Build Trybe program are paid and engaged in financial literacy and budgeting classes to save for first cars, first apartments and trade tools. As the youth show aptitude and job readiness, Build Trybe then partners these young adults with skilled trades people, advanced training programs, and employers in the community.
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DeLaSalle Education Center Block37

DE LA SALLE EDUCATION CENTER PROGRAM -- DeLaSalle’s Block37 offers at least 75 at-risk high school students a safe space, positive adult role models and access to activities that promote positive social, emotional, and educational outcomes for students. The program gives students, 100% of whom live at or below the federal poverty (FPL) level, the protective factors they need to mitigate risky behaviors (e.g., violence, drug/alcohol use) and strengthens their engagement in school. Through apprenticeships and internships provided on-site and at partner organizations, teens gain real-work experience and learn new skills while earning an hourly wage or stipend.
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Grace United Youth Employment Program

GRACE UNITED COMMUNITY MINISTRIES PROGRAM -- Youth ages 13 to 17 will be provided relevant job training opportunities during summer school, and during before and after school activities. These activities can be critical in reducing violence among children. A Denmark study showed that children growing up in poverty are seven times more likely to harm themselves and be involved in violent crimes as young adults. This research highlighted the importance of providing child-friendly public services, housing and education. The vision of this program is to assist 40 low to moderate-income children ages 13 to 17 in developing key lifelong skills that will be necessary to use in their future. Those skills will include increased independence and a sense of responsibility; a positive attitude toward teamwork; key work skills such as customer service, time-keeping and prioritizing; money management skills; an preparation for full-time employment.
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Hickman Mills Legacy of Excellence Project

HICKMAN MILLS PREVENTION COALITION PROGRAM -- The purpose of the Legacy of Excellence project is to prepare teens for the workforce by providing job readiness /preparedness training, developing strong interpersonal and social skills, and a healthy sense of self and obligation to community, as well as a $2,200 for the whole year ( $1,200 for the summer and $1,000 for the school year). Through these efforts, the secondary and long-term purpose is to reduce youth crime rates in south Kansas City by 10%, reduce youth recidivism by 10% and increase employability of participants by 95%.
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Ignition Lab Opportunity Internship Program

OPERATION BREAKTHROUGH PROGRAM -- The Opportunity Internship program provides hands-on learning experiences in STEM, a powerful springboard for high school students who live in economically depressed, often violent neighborhoods helping prepare them for post-high school job training programs, entrepreneurial ventures or college admission. The program provides important opportunities for the students to serve as positive role models for rising adolescents, helping strengthen relationships, supporting social emotional competence, and building resilience.
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Ivanhoe Youth Employment Program

IVANHOE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL PROGRAM -- The purpose of the Legacy of Excellence project is to prepare teens for the workforce by providing job readiness /preparedness training, developing strong interpersonal and social skills, and a healthy sense of self and obligation to community, as well as a $2,200 for the whole year ( $1,200 for the summer and $1,000 for the school year). Through these efforts, the secondary and long-term purpose is to reduce youth crime rates in south Kansas City by 10%, reduce youth recidivism by 10% and increase employability of participants by 95%.
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KC Common Good Working For Youth

KC COMMON GOOD PROGRAM -- Working For Youth is a collaborative, violence prevention program that increases the number of paid internships and employment opportunities for Jackson County youth most at risk of violence. Youth, ages 14-18, within historically marginalized communities are matched with an employer and a coach for the summer. In addition to a paid work experience, youth will receive job training and mentoring through a trauma-informed approach, as well as other wrap-around support including financial literacy and life skills training. Short-term outcomes for youth are to gain greater understanding of oneself and one’s work, as well as increased connectedness to others and the community. Mid-term outcomes are a decrease in youth-involved in violence and an increase in high school graduation rates. Long-term outcomes include decreasing rates of violence, increasing rates of wealth built within marginalized communities, and expanded access to economic opportunity.
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reStart, Inc. reTreats

RESTART, INC. PROGRAM -- At risk youth have an increased likelihood of experiencing homelessness, experiencing food insecurity and experiencing violence. The purpose of the reTreats program is to meet the growing need for gainful employment opportunities for marginalized youth as they start their journey toward independence by providing real world employment training that includes customer service, bookkeeping, marketing, accounting, culinary skills and more. Youth work together to prepare the reTreats by working with vendors to secure ingredients and preparing reTreats in a commercial kitchen. They work with local retailers where reTreats are distributed, and process and fulfill orders, handle inventory, and manage supply. reTreats program participants graduate with skills to obtain and retain living wage employment.
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ScoutReach Summer Camps

HEART OF AMERICA COUNCIL, BS PROGRAM -- The Heart of America Council believe Scouting should be accessible to all—regardless of demographics or zip code. ScoutReach, which served 3,643 Scouts in 2020, supports our highest need populations and we cover all associated costs for those youth. ScoutReach participants identify as 1% Asian, 39% Black, 5% Caucasian, 10% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Other, and 42% declined to provide identifying information. The Council does not ask for household income to participate in our programs, but ScoutReach sites are selected based on the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch program. Heart of America operates ScoutReach exclusively at schools or community centers where more than 80% of students qualify for FRLP and most of the council’s partners far exceed that threshold.
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Transition Zone Youth Workforce

TRANSITION ZONE, INC. PROGRAM -- Transition Zone’s purpose is to serve youth and families who need assistance in overcoming poverty; who live in underserved, marginalized areas of the community; who are typically overlooked due to a lack of social and emotional skills, life skills, and workforce development skill sets. Transition Zone provides a loving, safe and equitable space for equipping them with necessary skills and resources needed to retain good employment and education, empowering them to live healthy, fulfilling lives.
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Youth Life Link

SISTERS IN CHRIST PROGRAM -- The Youth Life Link project helps keep at-risk youth safe and inspires them to learn about and lead violence-free lifestyles. Inspiring youth to learn along with providing culturally relevant and engaging employment opportunities will decrease the high school dropout rate. Teaching youth job readiness and on-the job-training skills will assist them in finding employment. Understanding appropriate recreation and how to use idle time will decrease the number of youth referred to the juvenile justice system. Additionally, assisting youth gaining employment will improve their financial outlook and set them on the track to grow up to be adults who lead crime-free and self-sufficient lives.
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  1.  YOUTH EMPLOYMENT

    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a Youth Employment emphasis or component.

    ArtsTech
    » Youth Employment & Training Initiative

    Blue Hills Neighborhood Association
    » Blue Hills Restorative Justice Program

    Blue Springs Police Department
    » Community Outreach Prevention Strategies (COPS)

    Bridge Leadership Academy
    » Bridge Job Readiness Program

    Calvary Community Outreach Network
    » HYPE Summer

    Cornerstones Of Care
    » Build Trybe for Youth Employment

    DeLaSalle Education Center
    » Block37

    Grace United Community Ministries
    » Youth Employment Program

    Heart of America Council, BSA
    » ScoutReach Summer Camps

    Hickman Mills Prevention Coalition
    » Legacy of Excellence Project

    Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council
    » Ivanhoe Youth Employment Program

    KC Common Good
    » Working For Youth

    Operation Breakthrough
    » Ingnition Lab Opportunity Intership Program

    reStart, Inc.
    » reTreats


    Sisters In Christ
    » Youth Life Link

    Transition Zone, Inc.
    » Youth Workforce
 Other Youth-Oriented Programs

These are COMBAT-funded programs with a youth-oriented emphasis or component.

AileyCamp & AileyCamp The Group

KANSAS CITY FRIENDS OF ALVIN AILEY PROGRAM -- AileyCamp/AileyCamp The Group is a well-established, innovative summer and after-school hours youth violence prevention program. The program has a proven record of measurable success, particularly with underserved youth and youth of color. KCFAA uses the arts coupled with intensive personal development curriculum driven by the research-informed, violence prevention, empathy curriculum of the Oakland Men’s Project, “How to stop the violence that tears our lives apart” and creative writing classes in the implementation of AileyCamp/AileyCamp the Group. KCFAA programming makes constructive learning activities opportunities for students to form enduring, supportive relationships with adults (educators, parents, family members, guardians). AileyCamp/AileyCamp The Group benefit youth from low-income households in historically undeserved communities identified as hotspots and who experience or are at high risk for adverse childhood experiences.
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Arts@UICS - Child Centered Creativity

UNITED INNER CITY SERVICES PROGRAM -- Arts@UICS Child Centered Creativity (C-3) is an art-focused behavioral intervention program developed to expand exposure to the arts while providing behavioral health supports for students. The program uses lay art therapy practices to support children who are exhibiting maladaptive behaviors in the classroom. C-3 provides students designated time in the arts to work on social skills and build confidence in small groups or individually with a teacher. Based on documented observations, students who have participated in C-3 have decreased disruptive and withdrawn behaviors in the classroom. Arts@UICS aligns with several of COMBAT’s Anti-Violence Areas of Focus, including 1) programs that work with victims of violence, including families experiencing domestic violence; 2) high-risk students identified by schools; 3) children of incarcerated parents; and 4) programs that address bullying—including targets of bullying and those bullying others.
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ArtsTech's Integrated Arts Violence Prevention

ARTSTECH PROGRAM -- This ArtsTech uses a multi-pronged approach to reducing/eliminating violence and substance abuse among our most troubled, at-risk youth and in identified violence “hot spot” neighborhoods. Using the evidence-based techniques identified by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), ArtsTech seeks to prevent violence and accompanying substance abuse by providing strength-based strategies of youth development. The recommendations from the CDC's review of best practices are infused in all our youth development programming and includes culturally specific and relevant strategies based on the unique needs of the urban core and minority youth. ArtsTech incorporates five core competencies: 1) positive sense of self, 2) self-control, 3) decision-making skills, 4) a moral system of belief, and 5) prosocial connectedness that are linked to a healthy child/teen/young adult.
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Blue Springs COPS Program

BLUE SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT PROGRAM -- The Community Outreach Prevention Strategies (COPS) program addresses children and families’ mental health needs, as well as crime and violence prevention and substance abuse prevention, with the focus on youth, family and the community. Counselors conduct assessments on all individuals to identify their needs, formulate a plan that is appropriate for the situation that COPS offer, including counseling, case management, mentoring and consulting. Counselors will meet with individuals at their location, schools, outreach locations or office. Officers and counselors lead decision making classes consisting of supportive parenting, racial-bias, healthy relationships, impulse control, personal safety, legal awareness, and drug and alcohol groups. Participants may be appropriately assigned a community services day, Girls on Fire program or the Life Sports program, which is conducted by Blue Springs Police Department’s officers and counselors.
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Bridge Anti-Bullying & Life Skills Program

BRIDGE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY PROGRAM -- The Bridge Youth Violence Prevention Program (The Bridge YVP) is designed to prevent and reduce factors that put youth at risk of witnessing a violent crime, being a victim of violence and/or making unhealthy choices. The program consists of a series of life skills and leadership development workshops designed to help students develop and employ healthy strategies when dealing with conflicts in everyday life. Workshops topics include communication strategies, goal setting, healthy relationships, positive self-talk, basic self-care and healthy coping mechanisms. The Bridge also provides on-site psychologists who facilitate counseling sessions to address trauma, anxiety and stress, empowering youth to develop behaviors that foster safe and healthy environments for themselves.
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DeLaSalle Violence Prevention

DELASALLE EDUCATION CENTER PROGRAM -- DeLaSalle’s Violence Prevention program is a multifaceted approach to Prevention, Intervention, and Restoration to best serve DeLaSalle’s students. DeLaSalle’s proactive approach to violence prevention includes offering on-site programming with support from Camp Fire Heartland and school-initiated strategies during school hours as well as after school hours—with off-site programming at organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City and having staff or mentors dedicated to be available and/or respond immediately to situations at all times of the day, night, or weekends. Programs offered during the hours from school dismissal to the evening will provide positive interactions with other students and adults, as opposed to these hours often being the times students are most susceptible to negative influences in their lives. In addition, DeLaSalle will teach to the socio-emotional competencies that are life long and all day skills.
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Eastern Jackson County Schools Collaborative

BLUE SPRINGS SCHOOL DISTRICT PROGRAM -- The Eastern Jackson County Schools Collaborative of Greater Kansas City (EJCSC-GKC) is a joint effort among the school districts of Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, and Lone Jack for the purpose of addressing the prevention of violence among our youth and families in Eastern Jackson County. All school-aged children within the collaborative who are identified to be at risk of violence, either to themselves or others, are eligible for services. All prevention services are guided by the Blue Sprigns School District's psychologist, who acts as the Prevention Services and Drug Abatement Coordinator (PSDAC).
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FosterAdopt Connect Youth Project

FOSTERADOPT CONNECT PROGRAM -- The rate of homelessness for children who age-out of foster care is alarming. Nationally, 1 in 5 children who age-out of care becomes homeless. In Jackson County, that rate increases to 1 in 4. The amount of time foster care alumni live on the streets averages 27½ months compared to 19.3 months for those who had no foster care history. Additionally, 50% of former foster youth who aged out of foster care will be unemployed by the age of 24. Community Connections Youth Project is a voluntary case management program offered by FosterAdopt Connect to serve older foster youth and young adults who recently aged-out of foster care (ages 17-26). The overall goal of the program is to connect clients to services and resources they need to be successful as adults, and to mitigate many of the circumstances that lead to negative lifetime outcomes for people who have experienced significant childhood trauma.
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Helping Youth Plan For Excellence

CALVARY COMMUNITY OUTREACH NETWORK PROGRAM -- The Calvary Community Outreach Network will expand the Helping Youth Plan for Excellence (HYPE) program to provide Trauma Assessment and treatment/referral services aimed at improving the well-being of youth. YYPE will provide additional after-school and evening classes that integrate STEM, Visual & Performing Arts, Nutrition and Healthy Living practice. In addition, Calvary Community will convene and mobilize a Congregational Action Group empowering congregations located in "Hot Spot" Zones to help reduce violence in their neighborhoods through targeted activities.
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Hickman Mills Hope Hangout

HICKMAN MILLS PREVENTION COALITION -- The project provides supportive services for students at high risk of violence or affected by violence between 12 – 20 years of age and their families who are from the Universal, Selected, and Indicated populations to the Hangout within Hickman Mills School District's Burke Academy. Students are reffered by the school district, KCPD South Patrol, Youth Court and Family Court. Due to Covid-19, the students are being assigned to Hope Hangout for virtual and physical support every day of the week (with the exception of Sunday) through the school year and four days a week during the summer. The hours Monday through Friday are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and noon to 3:00 p.m. on most Saturdays. Hope Hangout offers academic support, mental health support, youth leadership development, parenting classes and mentoring, and a safe space to dwell daily in South Kansas City.
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High Aspirations Violence Prevention

HIGH ASPIRATIONS PROGRAM -- Nearly 90% of the High Aspirations’ program participants reside in or adjacent to COMBAT-defined “hot spots.” Considering the frequent changes in address for these young men and boys, most if not all, will at some point in a calendar year reside in, near or travel through these hot spots frequently. A challenge facing HA participants is the competition between life reality (present) and life possibilities (future forward looking). HA endeavors to intervene early in the lives of youth, providing them with the positive influence of a mentor, peer support, academic assistance and leadership building tools to combat persistent negative influences. The challenges, barriers and needs of the Black young men and boys served by HA are many. HA is offering evidence-based, proven successful interventions and activities that lift these boys and young men (8-18), surrounding them with protective factors and encouraging, Higher Aspirations.
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Independence Youth Court Peer Diversion

INDEPENDENCE YOUTH COURT PROGRAM -- The high rates of juveniles involved in criminal activities in Jackson County create an increased risk factor associated with violent behaviors and alcohol and drug use for teens. The Independence Youth Court (IYC) exists to hold juvenile offenders accountable for delinquent behaviors; to provide positive peer-led restorative justice, which promotes leadership and positive youth behavior; to increase juvenile offenders knowledge and enhance refusal skills to avoid criminal behavior, including drug use and violent activities; and to reduce repeated criminal behavior and involvement in the juvenile criminal justice system.
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KC Public Schools Defy The Odds

KANSAS CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS PROGRAM -- Kansas City Public Schools is partnering with the Kansas City Police Department’s Gang Intelligence Squad, the Mattie Rhodes Center and the Center for Conflict Resolution to offer the Defying the Odds program in the Northeast neighborhood. The program’s focus will be on more than 350 students identified as being 100 times more likely—than the average American—to have their lives be touched by violence. Each of these students will be placed in a one-to-one mentoring program, and all the students in the Northeast schools will be involved in activities to help mitigate the risks of them being the victim or perpetrator of violence. The training will also be made available to parents and the surrounding neighborhood.
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Mattie Rhodes Violence & Intervention

MATTIE RHODES CENTER -- The Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) program at Mattie Rhodes Center (MRC) focuses on promoting protective factors, facilitating multicomponent interventions and mobilizing community-wide strategies that mediate the risk factors of violence. The goal is to reduce violence and educate the participants in positive life-skills, conflict resolution tactics, cultural awarenes and community appreciation to instill self-esteem, hope, and purpose to the youth and families in Kansas City’s Historic Northeast community. VIP targets three tiers of youth in the Northeast neighborhood; 1) youth under the age of 18 residing/attending school in the Historic Northeast, 2) at-risk youth living in a high-risk community, and lastly 3) youth who have begun to display delinquent behavior and are at high-risk of entering the juvenile justice system.
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MINDDRIVE's STEM Educational Programs

MINDDRIVE, INC. PROGRAM -- Since 2010 MINDDRIVE has offered a STEM project-based, experiential-learning program to underserved, at-risk, culturally diverse teens (14-18 years old) in Kansas City's urban core. The purpose of the program is to provide technical and vocational skills, teamwork, critical thinking, structure, planning, process, success/failure, accomplishment and leadership opportunities in an environment supported by adult volunteer mentors and facilitators. The program has been expanding nearly every, with MINDDRIVE double the number of schools its programming in 2020-21.
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Night Light Curfew Program

JACKSON COUNTY FAMILY COURT -- The Night Light Program (NLP) is utilized to assist primary Juvenile Probation Officers in maintaining or stabilizing youth in the community by conducting late night curfew checks, encouraging compliance and community safety through the law enforcement presence in various communities of Jackson County. Evening and late-night operations occur between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. at a rate of five to seven nights per week.
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Project SAFE

ROSE BROOKS CENTER PROGRAM -- Project SAFE is Rose Brooks Center’s school-based violence prevention program for children in preschool through 12th grade in Jackson County. Project SAFE carries out Rose Brooks’ mission to end the cycle of domestic violence by reaching at-risk youth in grades pre-K through 12th before they make the life choices that can reproduce the cycle of violence. The program helps students develop resiliency tools and skills necessary to avoid future violence perpetration or victimization. Rose Brooks Center first offered school-based prevention in 1997 in response to schools’ requests to support children with domestic violence trauma. For over 40 years, Rose Brooks Center has provided shelter and supportive services to adults and children impacted by domestic violence. Annually, Rose Brooks Center impacts approximately 14,000 local individuals through professional education and shelter, its hotline, and non-residential advocacy, clinical and prevention services.
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Reducing Compound Trauma In Hot Spots

CENTERS FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION PROGRAM -- This project brings trauma-informed conflict resolution processes and training and restorative justice practices to children, youth and adults in four COMBAT-identified hot spots. This project serves approximately 600 people in schools, neighborhoods, families and courts. CCR participants are identified as having caused harm or having been harmed. They live, work or go to school in high crime and high violence areas. They have experienced individual, historical, societal, cultural or secondary trauma. Conflict resolution training and processes are a needed aspect of the full-scale intervention COMBAT is creating, making a direct contribution to violence prevention efforts by successfully promoting the idea that conflicts can be resolved without violence. Since conflict can and sometimes does lead to violence, conflict resolution effectively reduces violence.
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Sheffield Bullying/Violence Prevention

SHEFFIELD PLACE PROGRAM -- The mothers and children at Sheffield Place demonstrate the pervasive, negative effects of severe trauma. Like their mothers, the children bear deep emotional and often physical scars caused by exposure to pervasive alcohol and drug abuse; domestic violence; sexual, physical, emotional and verbal abuse; physical and emotional neglect; neighborhood violence; and the trauma of homelessness itself. Due to the trauma in their lives many of the children at Sheffield Place have the factors that put them at high risk for being bullied and/or bullying. The Bullying/Violence Prevention Project integrates education and skill development to address bullying and violence. The objectives include increasing awareness regarding bullying, teaching skills to combat bullying and empowering children through improved protective factors. The program also increases the mothers' knowledge of bullying and increase parenting skills.
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Urban Ranger Corps

URBAN RANGER CORPS PROGRAM -- The URC provides youth programming to boys and young men grades 7th-12th, ages 12 to 18, with a unique opportunity to develop the appropriate life skills necessary for them to become successful and contributing members of society. URC is a singular program operating annually, from June through May, and broken down into two sessions: a Summer Session (June-August) and a School-Year Session (September-May). URC makes available to young men opportunities to expand their involvement in activities that will augment their future personal growth and development as members of a worldwide human resource pool. URC offers each participant a global view in the content areas of Career and Academic Enhancement, Financial and Entrepreneurial Education, and Neighborhood and Community Involvement.
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Whatsoever Youth Services

WHATSOEVER COMMUNITY CENTER PROGRAM -- As documented by the crime "hot spot" maps, Whatsoever is surrounded by areas designated as being "high crime." Whatsoever's goal is to be an oasis among these hot spots—to prevent more youths from falling into crime or becoming victims. Addressing the issues that youth/young adults and their families encounter cannot be assisted with a “cookie cutter” solution. The staff at Whatsoever, with their connection to the community and experience with the resources it takes to overcome these issues, is completely committed to putting preventive practices in action.
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Youth Ambassadors

YOUTH AMBASSADORS, INC. PROGRAM -- Youth Ambassadors hires youth (ages 14-18), many of whom have a history of multiple trauma exposures and are at risk for violence—either as victims or perpetrators—to participate in work assignments that resemble traditional classroom environments. The focus of Youth Ambassadors' violence prevention efforts include the provision of 21st Century life and job skills, mental health services, social-emotional learning, and exposure to equity and advocacy initiatives. Ambassadors participate in a learning community with intentional instruction from adults considered experts in their respective fields. Each week, Ambassadors receive assignments and exercises to increase their value-added market skills, personal responsibility, critical thinking and mental health. The youth are compensated for their participation. Because of this unique aspect, the youth receive financial literacy workshops to embed practical financial skills early on.
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  1.  YOUTH-ORIENTED

    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a youth-oriented emphasis or component.

    ArtsTech
    » Integrated Arts Violence Prevention Program

    Blue Springs School District
    » Eastern Jackson County Schools Collaborative of Greater Kansas City

    Blue Springs Police Department
    » Community Outreach Prevention Strategies (COPS)

    Bridge Leadership Academy
    » Bridge Anti-Bullying & Life Skills Program

    Calvary Community Outreach Network
    » Helping Youth Plan For Excellence

    Centers for Conflict Resolution
    » Reducing Compound Trauma In Hot Spots

    DeLaSalle Education Center
    » DeLaSalle Violence Prevention

    FosterAdopt Connect
    » Community Connections Youth Project

    Hickman Mills Prevention Coalition
    » Hope Hangout

    High Aspirations

    » Violence Prevention For Jackson County African-American Males

    Independence Youth Court
    » Peer Diversion

    Jackson County Family Court
    » Night Light Law Enforcement Curfew Program

    Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey
    » AileyCamp & AileyCamp The Group

    Kansas City Municipal Court
    » KC Truancy Intervention Program (TIP)

    Kansas City Public Schools
    » Defy The Odds Program

    Mattie Rhodes Center
    » Mattie Rhodes Violence & Intervention Program

    MINDDRIVE, Inc.
    » STEM Educational Programs

    Rose Brooks Center
    » Project SAFE

    Sheffield Place
    » Sheffield Bullying/Violence Prevention

    Sisters In Christ
    » Safe Zone

    United Inner City Services (UICS)
    » Arts@UICS - Child Centered Creativity (C3)

    Urban Ranger Corps
    » Urban Ranger Program

    Whatsoever Community Center
    » Whatsoever Youth Services

    Youth Ambassadors, Inc.
    » Youth Ambassadors Summer & School Year Programming