New Settlement to lead NYS Bronx Anti-Gun Violence Initiative

New Settlement to lead NYS Bronx Anti-Gun Violence Initiative

Kids at the Bronx Anti-Gun Violence Initiative opening event. Nonprofit New Settlement announced Tuesday it has been selected by New York State to lead the Bronx Anti-Gun Violence Initiative, which will engage young people from high-risk, violence-prone neighborhoods in the Bronx in constructive afterschool youth development, sports, health, career and counseling programs, reaching more than 600 local families. The New York State Office of Children and Family Services awarded a $250,000 grant, which will support a multi-pronged effort by New Settlement and two colleague organizations – the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club of Castle Hill and the Northeast Bronx YMCA – to increase community based services that will inspire youth to engage in positive activities, build employment readiness and leadership skills and support the reduction of gun violence. Through this funding, New Settlement is launching the Passport Program for Young Men, a new initiative that will engage young men in Bronx communities. “Communities both locally and across New York City are facing a gun violence crisis, and it’s imperative that we implement constructive programming that will directly reach young people and ultimately tackle this issue,” said Rigaud Noel, executive director of New Settlement. “We are grateful to New York State for recognizing this urgent need in our communities. This grant will enable us to expand and strengthen our core programs to serve hundreds more youth, and we are proud to collaborate with the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club of Castle Hill and the Northeast Bronx YMCA on […]

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