Office of Violence Prevention Awards Nearly Half a Million Dollars for Youth Summer Programs

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 21, 2022

Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention Awards Nearly Half a Million Dollars for Youth Summer Programs

MILWAUKEE — Many young people in Milwaukee can stay safe through summer youth programs funded by the Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention (OVP). Through the Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (ReCAST) grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), OVP provided funding to support programming from June 1, 2022 through August 31, 2022. The ReCAST grant is focused on the service for young people aged 12 to 24 and their families. Chosen through a competitive request for proposals process, 12 youth-serving organizations were selected to receive a total of $430,000 to support their summer programming.

“By supporting these agencies, we are contributing to public safety. We reach out to young people in ways that offer support and direction, and that benefits Milwaukee now and in the future,” said Mayor Cavalier Johnson.

“It is important that the OVP provide funding for these programs as we continue to navigate difficult times with unprecedented levels of violence in our community, fueled in part by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” said Arnitta Holliman, director of the Office of Violence Prevention. “Young people need a positive place to go during the summer when they don’t have the safety net of school programs, and this funding will help provide just that.” This is just one example of how we are using our office and our funding to make an impact in the city of Milwaukee.

The list of subsidized organizations is as follows:

The Office of Violence Prevention of Milwaukee is grateful to these community partners who continue to provide safe, fun and educational programs for youth. For more information on grant-funded summer programs, please contact the related organizations directly.

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