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City Invests In Nonprofits To Reduce Gang Activity

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) announced this morning that $200,000 in funding will be split among 25 nonprofits that are working with youths throughout the city to curb gang violence.

The money was funneled from the District police to the Citywide Coordinating Council on Youth Violence Prevention, which then awarded mini-grants to the 25 organizations, Fenty said. "No problem will be ever be solved by the government alone," he said.

Fenty and Graham held press conference with the grantees at the Reeves Center on U Street.

"This is the first time the city is moving to a civilian strategy based on non.
profits," Graham said.

The coordinating council was created by the D.C. Council to bring the various groups together and "promote positive youth development," according to facts about the organization released today.

The recipients of the grants range from Holy Name Catholic Church, which is using its money to hold a two-day conference on the psychology of gang violence, to C.O.I.N.N.S., a group that will work specifically with female gang members.

Graham said the council has also made way for another $1 million to be put into the effort in 2009.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  July 8, 2008; 1:38 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety  
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