Cedar Rapids task force against youth violence gets funding

Organizations throughout Cedar Rapids have come together to help end youth violence in the area.

A task force, Safe Equitable and Thriving Communities was formed back in 2016 to help identify causes for youth violence in Linn County.

The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation will provide more than $150,000 in grant funding for 2019 to help accomplish recommendations made by the SET task force.

Recommendations from SET were made in February 2017. They identified safety at home, improved education, and conflict resolutions skills as some areas that could help reduce youth violence.

Superintendent of Cedar Rapids Community School District, Brad Buck said, “Our community has identified some intervention points to help us create a safe and equitable environment for kids to live, grow and learn. Each partner is making progress toward implementing SET task force recommendations, however, we feel this next phase will help to provide a sustained and focused effort.”

The Community Foundation will hire a program officer, which will oversee the grant program.

The City of Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Cedar Rapids Community School Districts, and the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation were some of the community partners involved.

Community members can donate to the fund, through the Greater Community Foundations website, here.

Ashley Neighbor

Ashley Neighbor

Reporter, Cedar Rapids
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