NEW YORK — For the second year in a row, community organizations in Manhattan will receive funding from portions of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office that will be used to pay young people to participate in public space improvement programs. This is a measure to prevent gun violence among minors.

This was announced by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr., noting that the office will award $20,000 to up to ten community organizations that will have the program in areas known for gun violence.

Funding will be awarded to community organizations that employ people with lived experience and provide hyperlocal programming in neighborhoods most affected by this type of violence, including Harlem, Washington Heights, Inwood, the Upper West Side and the Lower East Side . The call is available here.

“Addressing gun violence in our communities remains my top priority as district attorney, and that mission becomes even more important as we approach the summer months,” District Attorney Bragg said. “Prosecutions alone cannot solve our youth gun crisis – we need to engage young New Yorkers at risk, meet them where they are, and provide them with positive ways to spend their time, earn money and connect with their neighbors. We were inspired to see so many young people involved in positive programs this past summer and we look forward to continuing this work. Please spread the word and encourage your local community organizations to apply!

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office offers these rewards through its Criminal Justice Investment Initiative, which was created using millions of dollars seized during the office’s investigations against major banks.

Community organizations will each receive $20,000 to fund gun violence prevention stipends for young New Yorkers ages 14 to 26.

These organizations will provide stipends to at-risk young New Yorkers who participate in meaningful research-based programs for three months. Programs can include cognitive behavioral therapy, restorative justice, civic engagement, community improvement projects, job training, education, and more.

Applicants may also offer to pay youth to complete a space improvement project that improves the design, functionality, or aesthetics of a public space where violence has recently occurred. For example, proposals could include planting a garden on vacant land or painting a mural promoting peace in an area notorious for violence. Research shows that physical improvements in violent “hot spots” can lead to reduced gun violence.

Up to 10 organizations will receive awards for stipends and programming that will run from July 15, 2023 through October 15, 2023. Winners must commit to providing participants with warm referrals to programs that offer full support until the end of three months of programming. .

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