Juvenile crime prevention council approves state funds for crime prevention programs, some see funding cuts

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GUILFORD COUNTY, North Carolina (WGHP) – State dollars are available for dozens of local violence prevention organizations as they prepare for a very difficult summer, as law enforcement officials have said they were worried about the youth crime they have already seen.

On Monday, the Forsyth County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council approved funding for five programs that would continue to help address youth violence and strengthen families who find themselves caught up in difficult times.

Programs include Triad Restorative Justice, Insight Human Services, Youth Collaborative-Project X, Aspire Forsyth and Family Services Program, which have seen a surge in success over the past year.

“Before, we had a graduation rate of 47%. Now we have 87% and we are seeing more perfect attendance with young people,” program director Courtney Perry told council members on Monday.

Their involvement is coupled with $1.5 million from the state that the County and City of Winston-Salem have approved to be used to embed Cure Violence in communities over the next three years.

Director of the City of Winston-Salem’s Budget and Performance Management Department, J. Scott Tesh, told FOX8 that the budget leaves a lot of room for strategies to stop violence.

“As part of the FY22 budget, the City Council appropriated $1,000,000 to fund programs aimed at reducing violence. The majority of this funding will be used through a partnership with the county to implement the CURE Violence model which utilizes a violence interruption program in specific areas,” Tesh said.

He said part of the funding will increase participation in the Successful Outcomes After Release, or SOAR, program.

“The SOAR program has two components,” he explained. “One is an in-house job training program with mentoring/coaching, and the other provides grants to non-profit programs that provide education, job training, therapeutic and employment programs to the community. community of ex-offenders.”

SOAR Community Partners must apply for funding each year.

The approved agencies are:

  • Boys2Men Mentorship Program – $5,000
  • Eliza’s Helping Hands – $5,000
  • Ministry Eureka, Inc. – $20,000
  • My Brother’s Second Chance – $5,000
  • PTRC – Project Reinstatement – $10,000
  • Southside Rides Foundation – $10,000
  • The Wells Center, Inc. – $5,000
  • YWCA – Hawley House – $13,500

The city also received a $500,000 grant from the State of North Carolina to partner with the county and Atrium Health on hospital violence intervention programs.

In Guilford County, the JCPC approved $85,000 in funding for 22 programs specifically aimed at helping minors avoid a life of crime or recover from a traumatic experience.

However, funding was cut or reduced for 12 of these programs for various reasons.

In March, the board rated each of the programs and qualified them as fundable or not. Reasons why some funding was lost included redundancy, cost being too high and lack of commitment.

Programs that have lost funding are still allowed to operate, but they will have to seek other avenues of funding.

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