Shannon Community Safety Initiative / Safe and Successful Youth Initiative
What is the Shannon Community Safety Initiative?
The Senator Charles E. Shannon Community Safety Initiative (Shannon CSI) is a state grant program administered by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) to "support regional and multi-disciplinary approaches to combat gang violence through coordinated programs for prevention and intervention". These multi-disciplinary approaches may include, but are not limited to, law enforcement initiatives such as anti-gang task forces and targeting of enforcement resources through the use of crime mapping; focused prosecution efforts; programs aimed at successful reintegration of released inmates and youth from juvenile detention; and programs that provide youth with supervised out-of-school activities.
What is the Safe and Successful Youth Initiative?
The Safe and Successful Youth Initiative provides grants to municipalities that join with community partners to implement violence prevention programs. The program, which operates directly under the auspices of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, is part of a broader state initiative to reduce youth violence in Massachusetts.
The Safe and Successful Youth Initiative focuses on young men between the ages of 14-24 who are at risk of being victims or perpetrators of violence. Grants are awarded to municipalities with high levels of youth-related homicides and other assaults. Communities that receive grants must show that they have relationships with community partners, including educational, medical, and behavioral health programs and community and faith-based organizations, and they must implement strategies to coordinate services and fill gaps in services for young men. Activities supported by the grants include street outreach, trauma counseling and employment programs.