Lee’s Summit CARES awarded grant for anti-violence program at Sage Crossing Apartments

tporter@lsjournal.comDecember 20, 2013 

  • $25,000

    Amount awarded to Lee’s Summit CARES to partner with the Lee’s Summit Police Department’s Crime Reduction Team and Sage Crossing Apartments to provide prevention, education and intervention strategies towards violence.

Lee’s Summit CARES will use a newly minted grant to partner with an apartment complex in Lee’s Summit and the city’s police department to address anti-violence measures in and around the complex.

The non-profit organization was recently awarded a $25,000 COMBAT anti-violence grant in community prevention and will partner with the Lee’s Summit Police Department’s Crime Reduction Team and Sage Crossing Apartments to provide prevention, education and intervention strategies by using an community violence prevention model known as STRYVE.

STRYVE is an acronym for Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere, a national initiative of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to a news release from Lee’s Summit Cares, STRYVE’s vision is to empower youth to achieve their full potential as connected and contributing members of thriving, violence-free families, schools and communities by reducing risk factors for violence and strengthening protective factors.

The model is built on the collaboration of community-based organizations, local government agencies such as the LSPD, schools and families that work together on local strategies. The program will build on the LSPD’s Crime Reduction Team, a pilot program launched in 2012 after officers worked with LSPD criminal analysts to identify locations with high crime rates in the city.

Lee’s Summit CARES is currently working with the LSPD as its prevention partner in the Chipman Commons neighborhood.

Using STRYVE’s social-ecological model, Lee’s Summit Cares will deploy its school- and community-based prevention strategies within the Chipman Commons area and Sage Crossing. Working with tenants and management, the organization will provide a parent liaison to coordinate and provide prevention programming, and to connect families with school, social service and community resources as a means to reduce crime activity in the Chipman Commons neighborhood while building protective family assets.

Programming will include Lee’s Summit CARES Love and Logic parenting classes, Parent University, anti-bullying training, a student assistance program for students with behavioral challenges, Internet safety classes, character education materials, and programs on alcohol and substance abuse.

Intensive case management will be offered to ensure students have the area are equipped with academic readiness and success, and address the behavioral health issues that lead to youth substance abuse and violence.

The programs will be held on-site, offered free or with scholarships, and will provide meals and child care, the release said.

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