The New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Education Fund will be expanding its ReACTION Youth Program–an innovative school-based gun violence prevention program–thanks to a grant from The New York Community Trust and funding from the New York City Council and New York State Senate. With the two-year $160,000 grant, NYAGV expects to triple the youth program’s reach in New York City’s middle and high schools by 2021.

In collaboration with the New York City Mayor’s Office to Prevent Gun Violence (OPGV), the NYAGV Ed Fund is launching an intensive program beginning August 14 to train a cohort of new instructors who work for community-based organizations. The organizations are funded through the OPGV’s Crisis Management System (CMS) which operates in communities disproportionately affected by gun violence. These instructors are also trained to provide direct intervention and crisis mediation services to youth and other residents in these areas. The goal of the training is to increase youth engagement in policy conversation around gun violence and provide students with additional tools to advocate for themselves and their communities.

Rebecca Fischer, NYAGV Executive Director, said, “As students are increasingly leading the fight to change our nation’s gun laws, it’s critical that we hear from young people of color who come from underserved communities that are disproportionately affected by gun violence. NYAGV’s ReACTION Program has empowered youth to take a leading role in this debate, and now is the time to train new facilitators and reach many more students to create the safe, just communities they have the right to thrive in.”

She continued, “We are thrilled to be partnering with the Mayor’s Office and CMS organizations to expand so that we can work together to change lives and strengthen our communities. We are so grateful to the New York Community Trust for investing in us, and to the City Council and State Senate for supporting the expansion.”

Read the complete announcement here:

NYAGV Education Fund Announces Expansion of School-Based Gun Violence Prevention Program, August 8, 2019