Violence Prevention Programs

The Violence Prevention Programs being funded by COMBAT have been broken down into sub-categories to assist you in finding services that meet your specific needs. Some programs may be listed under more than one category because they may have overlapping components (i.e. "Youth-Oriented" and "Bullying."). You can use the "Link to page" links throughout this page or in the navigation to go directly to a program's web page. 
 Bullying Prevention
These are COMBAT-funded programs with a bullying prevention emphasis or component.

Bullying Prevention & Behavior Intervention


OPERATION BREAKTHROUGH PROGRAM -- Operation Breakthrough's violence prevention efforts in 2020 will include Behavior Intervention Services for about 200 preschool children (4-5 year olds) and the Committee for Children’s (research-based) Steps to Respect bullying prevention program for approximately 280 school-age children (5-14 years).
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Eastern Jackson County Schools Collaborative


BLUE SPRINGS SCHOOL DISTRICT PROGRAM -- The Eastern Jackson County Schools Collaborative of Greater Kansas City (EJCSC-GKC) is a joint effort among the school districts of Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove and Lone Jack for the express purpose of addressing the prevention of violence among our youth and families in Eastern Jackson County.
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SMART Moves (Independence)


BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF KANSAS CITY PROGRAM -- SMART Moves is an age-specific, progressive, nationally recognized program focused on providing youth with resistance training in the areas of substance abuse, violence, peer pressure, bullying and other dangerous behaviors. The center-point of this proposal focuses on providing young people from Kansas City's urban core with access to safe, secure, positive environments on a daily basis as well as ongoing educational programming to keep youth engaged in beneficial, healthy activities.
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  1.  BULLYING PREVENTION

    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a bullying prevention emphasis or component.

    Blue Springs School District
    » Eastern Jackson County Schools Collaborative of Greater Kansas City

    Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City
    » SMART Moves (Independence)
    » SMART Moves (Kansas City)

    Operation Breakthrough
    » Bullying Prevention & Behavior Intervention

 Child Abuse Prevention
These are COMBAT-funded programs with a child abuse emphasis or component.

CAPA Victim Services

 
CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION ASSOCIATION PROGRAM -- CAPA provides trauma-informed services to victims of child abuse, trauma, violence and other forms of crime in Jackson County. 
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Child Protection Center Program


CHILD PROTECTION CENTER, INC. PROGRAM -- In 2018, the CPC, a nationally accredited child advocacy center, served 806 victims of child abuse. Of those, 691 were from Jackson County. Today, evidence-based research continues to establish a strong link between victims of child abuse and the potential for future juvenile delinquency and criminal activities; substance use disorders; and adult criminal behavior (often violent)—and also a link between child abuse and substance abuse in the home. The Child Protection Center’s Program addresses these links by providing forensic interviews, family advocacy and mental health services for child abuse victims ages 3-17 who have been sexually or physically abused or who have witnessed a homicide or extreme violence. Services are also available to their non-offending caregivers. 
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  1.  CHILD ABUSE PROGRAMS

    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a child abuse emphasis or component.

    Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA)
    » CAPA Victim Services

    Child Protection Center, Inc.
    » Child Protection Center Program

 Counseling Services
These are COMBAT-funded programs with a counseling emphasis or component. Some of these programs have a specifc focus on surviving family members of homicide victims and/or counseling gunshot wound survivors.

AdHoc Violence Prevention Services


AdHOC GROUP AGAINST CRIME PROGRAM -- The purpose of AdHoc’s comprehensive COMBAT-funded Violence Prevention Services is to reduce the impact of violent crime in Jackson County neighborhoods and the potential for further violence. These services correspond to the COMBAT Community Violence Prevention focus area and include Crisis Case Management, as well as free in-house trauma and grief counseling.
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Hope & Healing Support Program


KC MOTHERS IN CHARGE PROGRAM -- The Hope and Healing Support Program of KC Mothers in Charge (KCMIC) helps families of homicide victims cope with the devastating trauma of a violent death; provides a range of support services to help them heal and develop resiliency; and, as part of their healing journey, empowers them to help others and to help build a community safe for all. At homicide scenes, KCMIC provides trauma-informed crisis intervention and peer-to-peer support to family members, explaining police procedures and helping manage grief, hostility, confusion and anger.
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Project RISE (TMC)


TRUMAN MEDICAL CENTER PROGRAM -- The RISE Program is a comprehensive, stepped-care treatment program that seeks to provide nonfatal shooting victims and their families with timely mental health supports in the immediate aftermath of a shooting. The RISE (Responsive Individualized Support and Early Intervention) Program consists of an interdisciplinary team of nurses, social workers, case managers, and behavioral health professionals working to make sure that people affected by gun violence have all the resources they need to recover.
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Reducing Compound Trauma In Hot Spots


CENTERS FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION PROGRAM -- This project brings trauma informed conflict resolution processes and training and restorative justice practices to children, youth and adults in three COMBAT identified hot spots in Jackson County. This project will serve approximately 600 people in schools, neighborhoods, families and courts. Conflict resolution training and processes are a needed aspect of the full-scale intervention COMBAT is creating. These make a direct contribution to violence prevention efforts by successfully promoting the idea that conflicts can be resolved without violence. Since conflict can and sometimes does lead to violence, conflict resolution effectively reduces violence.
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REVEAL Mental Health Services


RECONCILIATION SERVICES PROGRAM -- REVEAL—Restore-Engage-Value-Encourage-Act-Lead—Program offers a comprehensive approach to individual and community healing through evidence-based therapeutic services under the direction of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Reconciliation Services reaches individuals who would not seek therapeutic services elsewhere. The REVEAL Program provides an environment and services that seek to address violence prevention by increasing neighborhood strengths, encouraging pro-social behavior to build community cohesion, and addressing unmet community and individual needs for social and mental health services.
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  1.  COUNSELING SERVICES

    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a counseling emphasis or component. Some of these programs have a specifc focus on surviving family members of homicide victims and/or counseling gunshot wound survivors.

    AdHoc Group Against Crime
    » AdHoc Violence Prevention Services

    Centers for Conflict Resolution
    » Reducing Compound Trauma In Hot Spots

    KC Mothers In Charge
    » Hope & Healing Support Program

    Reconciliation Services

    Truman Medical Center
    » Project RISE

 Diversion Programs
These are COMBAT-funded programs with a diversion emphasis or component. Some of these programs might also be considered an alternative to the standard justice system.

Community Outreach Prevention Strategies


CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS PROGRAM -- The program is a recognized diversion system dedicated to changing behaviors, changing lives and turning young people towards healthy lifestyles. The desired outcome of the COPS program is to help youth develop resistance strategies and appropriate behaviors to reduce the likelihood that they will begin using or experimenting with drugs or alcohol or engage in bullying or criminal behavior. Preventing a first-time offender from further encounters with the justice system not only prevents the onset of adult criminal careers and reduces the burden of crime on its victims and on society, it saves young lives from being wasted and identifies possible at-risk youth.
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Independence Youth Court Peer Diversion


 INDEPENDENCE YOUTH COURT PROGRAM -- The high rates of juveniles involved in criminal activities in Jackson County create an increased risk factor associated with violent behaviors and alcohol and drug use for teens. The Independence Youth Court (IYC) exists to hold juvenile offenders accountable for delinquent behaviors; to provide positive peer-led restorative justice, which promotes leadership and positive youth behavior; to increase juvenile offenders knowledge and enhance refusal skills to avoid criminal behavior, including drug use and violent activities; and to reduce repeated criminal behavior and involvement in the juvenile criminal justice system.
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  1.  DIVERSION PROGRAMS

    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a  diversion emphasis or component. Some of these programs might also be considered an alternative to the standard justice system.

    City of Blue Springs
    » Community Outreach Prevention Strategies

    Independence Youth Court
    » IYC Peer Diversion Court


 Domestic Violence
These are COMBAT-funded programs with a domestic violence emphasis or component.

Batterer's Intervention Program


SYNERGY SERVICES, INC. PROGRAM -- In conjunction with the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office, Synergy Services will develop a Diversion Specialty Court that will focus specifically on domestic violence offenders. Judges who have received domestic violence training will exclusively refer domestic violence (DV) offenders to Synergy's BIP and oversee offender progress.
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Hope House's Targeted Domestic Violence Program


HOPE HOUSE, INC. PROGRAM -- The Independence Strivin' Committee has identified the need to increase the community's capacity to ensure the safety and housing stability of survivors of domestic violence. Residents of Hawthorne Place Apartments who have experienced domestic violence need and deserve access to dedicated, full-time staff with training on the issues of domestic violence and trauma. Additionally, research shows that the most successful interventions need to be provided on-site and at the time they are needed to fully address survivors' current safety needs and barriers to housing stability. Hope House's Targeted Domestic Violence Program will address the identified need and bridge the current gap in services that has been identified by the Independence Strivin' Committee. Project staff will provide on-site advocacy and therapy services for residents of Hawthorne Place Apartments who are currently or have previously experienced domestic violence.
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Listed By Agency

  1.  DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a domestic violence emphasis or component.

    Hope House, Inc.
    » Hope House's Targeted Domestic Violence Program

    Synery Services, Inc.
    » Jackson County Batterer's Intervention Program

 Job Training
These are COMBAT-funded programs with a job training emphasis or component.

Working For A Change


WESTSIDE HOUSING ORGANIZATION -- Westside Housing believes that the young people its serve have untapped potential and that this program can help unlock that potential, by teaching them marketable skills and responsible workplace behavior, then holding them accountable for that behavior, by creating a positive culture and learning environment where they can experience success and accomplishments. In the short run, this experience will draw them away from a pervasive culture of violence. In the long run, this experience will set them up to advance into successful careers.
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Listed By Agency

  1.  JOB TRAINING

    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a job training emphasis or component.

    Westside Housing Organization
    » Working For A Change

 Legal Services
These are COMBAT-funded programs offering legal services.


Adopt-A-Neighborhood Project


LEGAL AID OF WESTERN MISSOURI PROGRAM -- The Adopt-A-Neighborhood Project (AAN) is a collaborative project between Legal Aid of Western Missouri, seven private law firms and seven urban core neighborhoods in Kansas City. Each law firm "adopts" one of these neighborhoods, and volunteer attorneys provide free civil legal services to low-income residents, neighborhood associations and local non-profits that serve the neighborhoods.
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  1.  FREE LEGAL SERVICES

    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program offering legal services.

    Legal Aid of Western Missouri
    » Adopt-A-Neighborhood Project

 Parenting Programs
These are COMBAT-funded programs with a parenting emphasis or component.

Stay, Play & Learn—Violence Prevention


UNITED INNER CITY SERVICES (UICS) PROGRAM -- The Stay, Play & Learn—Violence Prevention program aims to break the intergenerational cycle of violence in young families and strengthen the protective factors surrounding UICS families and their community. UICS’ enhanced Stay, Play, and Learn Program targets populations most vulnerable to exposure to violence. Issues of domestic violence and child abuse are often identified with families served by UICS’ early childhood education program.
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  1.  PARENTING  PROGRAMS

    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a parenting emphasis or component.

    United Inner City Services (UICS)
    » Stay, Play & Learn—Violence Prevention

 Re-Entry Programs
These are COMBAT-funded programs with an emphasis on assisting incarcerated or recently individuals—or individuals on probation—get theirs lives on track and help reduce recidivism.

Goodwill 180


GOODWILL OF WESTERN MISSOURI & EASTERN KANSAS PROGRAM -- Goodwill teamed up with other Jackson County-based organizations and launched a new solution in 2019: Goodwill 180. The goal is to support local individuals with legal history in finding and retaining employment, and moving towards self-sufficiency, thereby preventing violence. Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas (Goodwill) will provide employment services for individuals working with Probation and Parole, including essential skills training, skill and interest assessments, individual career plan development, benefits planning, case management, and paid transitional work experience.
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Interrupting Cycles of Violence


CENTER FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION -- Interrupting Cycles of Violence is a successful program that the CCR has been offering incarcerated and recently released men and women for over five years. People who have caused harm often become trapped in cycles of violence that affect their whole lives and the lives of others around them. CCR training and processes are trauma-informed and utilize evidence-based cognitive behavior change elements to improve thoughts, emotions and behavior.
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KC Municipal Court Probation-Based Program


MORNING STAR DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, INC. PROGRAM -- This is a unique community outreach program geared towards helping people with real life issues and have problems they are dealing with while serving their municipal court probation time. Morning Star assists them in navigating toward commuity, city, state, private and public solutions and resources in an effort to resolve their particular problems, issues or concerns.
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Prison-to-Workforce Pipeline


TWELFTH STREET HERITAGE DEVELOPMENT CORPORTATION PROGRAM -- Twelfth Street's re-entry program specifically targets men and women who have been released from the penal system. The Prison-to-Workforce Program (re-entry program) was created in 2010 to create and support employment opportunities for ex-offenders re-entering society, as well as providing supportive services to improve their chances for success. Studies show that without effective re-entry programs, recidivdism will remain high. Twelfth Street's re-entry program specifially creates opportunities to reduce the likelihood of ex-offenders returing to prison.
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Second Chance Reentry Employment Project


KANSAS CITY METROPOLITAN CRIME COMMISSION PROGRAM -- The Second Chance Reentry Employment Project will provide intensive employment focused case management services for a minimum of 30 participants who are supervised by Missouri Department of Corrections (MODOC) in the Eastern Jackson County District (D24). Utilizing the evidence-based practices developed by the National Institue of Corrections (NIC), the Resource Specialist(s) will work with eligible participants, area employers, landlords, community agencies and MODOC to identify and address employment-related barriers, address underlying issues of trauma that can lead to job loss, allocate resources for participants and provide wrap-around services related to the overall health and success of reintegration from incarceration.
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Workforce Opportunities For Returning Citizens


CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF GREATER KANSAS CITY FOUNDATION PROGRAM -- Kansas City has a number of high-performing non-profit organizations that assist in providing job training and placement for returning citizens. However, many of these entities struggle to engage with the business community, especially with jobs that are impactful and offer livable wages and benefits. The KC Chamber Foundation proposes to bridge this disconnect and identify, educate and assist companies to develop fair hiring policies and work with non-profit partners to build a regional returning citizen talent pipeline. The single most important predictor in recidivism is joblessness.
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  1.  RE-ENTRY  PROGRAMS

    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with an emphasis on assisting incarcerated or recently individuals—or individuals on probation—get theirs lives on track and help reduce recidivism.

    Center For Conflict Resolution
    » Interrupting Cycles of Violence

    Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City Foundation
    » Workforce Opportunities For Returning Citizens

    Goodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas
    » Goodwill 180

    Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission
    » Second Change Reentry Employment Project

    Morning Star Development Corporation, Inc.
    » KC Municipal Courth Probation-Based Program

    Twelfth Street Heritage Development Corporation
    » Prison-to-Workforce Pipeline


 School Attendance/Truancy
These are COMBAT-funded programs with a school attendance/truancy emphasis or component.

Juvenille Restorative Services Program


INDEPENDENCE SCHOOL DISTRICT PROGRAM -- Using restorative practices and a strengths-based approach, the program will assist students and families to identify and work collaboratively to resolve various social, emotional and behavioral challenges that have interfered with the students’ ability to thrive and learn, and that have led to the students’ participation in the school district's Long-term Suspension (LTS) process.
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KC Truancy Intervention


KANSAS CITY MUNICIPAL COURT PROGRAM -- The purpose of the Kansas City Truancy Court is to ensure children between the ages of 7 and 17 are in school as mandated by law. The Truancy Intervention Program (TIP) seeks to identify barriers to school attendance and provide support to the parent or guardian and children that will result in regular school attendance, improvement in academic performance and possible behavior change. The program strives to provide parents or guardians with community resources to overcome the challenges of getting their children to school dally. Through this program many referrals are made to community agencies but due to extreme economic deprivation of program participants, many can't afford needed services.
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  1.  SCHOOL ATTENDANCE/TRUANCY

    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a school attendance/truancy emphasis or component.

    Independence School District
    » Juvenille Restorative Services Program

    Kansas City Municipal Court
    » KC Truancy Intervention Program


 Sexual Assault Programs
These are COMBAT-funded programs with a sexual assault prevention/counseling emphasis or component.

Sexual Assault and Abuse Counseling


METROPOLITAN ORGANIZATION TO COUNT SEXUAL ASSAULT (MOSCA) PROGRAM -- Survivors of sexual abuse and assault are at high risk of using drugs and alcohol to cope with the devastating effects of sexual violence. In order to prevent substance abuse, MOCSA will provide 300 individual and group counseling sessions to 50 survivors of sexual assault and child sexual abuse. Effective treatment will reduce the trauma symptoms that place survivors as a higher risk for drug and alcohol use initiation, disorders and dependency.
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Youth With Problematic Sexual Behaviors


METROPOLITAN ORGANIZATION TO COUNT SEXUAL ASSAULT (MOSCA) PROGRAM -- The Youth with Problematic Sexual Behaviors (YPSB) Program is a violence prevention program targeting youth ages 6 to 14 years old and their families/caregivers. The purpose of this program is to provide children and their caregivers the skills and support needed to reduce the youth’s risk of future acts of sexual violence, strengthen protective factors, and safeguard against illegal or inappropriate sexual behavior.
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  1.  SEXUAL ASSAULT PROGRAMS

    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a sexual assault prevention/counseling emphasis or component.

    Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA)
    » Sexual Assault and Abuse Counseling Program
    » Youth With Problematic Sexual Behaviors Program


 STRIVIN'
These are COMBAT-funded programs with a direct connection to COMBAT's Striving Together to Reduce Violence In Neighborhoods (STRIVIN') initaitive.

Hawthorne STRIVIN' Initiative


COMMUNITY SERVICES LEAGUE PROGRAM -- CSL continues to offer a comprehensive approach to stability and economic advancement for those living in and around Hawthrone Place Aparmtents in Independnece—from housing and family stability, to career development, financial growth and community development. CSL has served as the hub for the STRIVIN' initiative located in northeast Independence. CLS continues to offer full wrap-around integrated coaching relationships, coordinate connection and referrals within the COMBAT partner system, and seek to work with our neighbors to reduce trauma and crime.
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Hope Hangout


HICKMAN MILLS PREVENTION COALITION -- The project provides supportive services for students at high risk of violence or affected by violence between 12 and 20 years of age and their families who are from the Universal, Selected, and Indicated populations to the Hangout, which is located with the Hickman Mills School District's alternative school. Students are referred to the Hope Hangout by, among others, the school distirct, KCPD South Patrol, Youth Court and Family Court. Hope Hangout will be the host of youth development initiatives such as Youth For Change, LOTUS Project, Sons of Dunia, as well as the re-entry initiative for our most vulnerable youth population that is returning to the community from detention centers or other facilities.
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Hope House's Targeted Domestic Violence Program


HOPE HOUSE, INC. PROGRAM -- The Independence Strivin' Committee has identified the need to increase the community's capacity to ensure the safety and housing stability of survivors of domestic violence. Residents of Hawthorne Place Apartments who have experienced domestic violence need and deserve access to dedicated, full-time staff with training on the issues of domestic violence and trauma. Additionally, research shows that the most successful interventions need to be provided on-site and at the time they are needed to fully address survivors' current safety needs and barriers to housing stability. Hope House's Targeted Domestic Violence Program will address the identified need and bridge the current gap in services that has been identified by the Independence Strivin' Committee. Project staff will provide on-site advocacy and therapy services for residents of Hawthorne Place Apartments who are currently or have previously experienced domestic violence.
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Ivanhoe Quadrant Safety Initiative 


IVANHOE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL -- The Adopt-A-Neighborhood Project (AAN) is a collaborative project between Legal Aid of Western Missouri, seven private law firms and seven urban core neighborhoods in Kansas City. Each law firm "adopts" one of these neighborhoods, and volunteer attorneys provide free civil legal services to low-income residents, neighborhood associations and local non-profits that serve the neighborhoods.
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Mattie Rhodes Violence & Intervention 


MATTIE RHODES CENTER -- The ultimate goal of violence prevention work is to stop the cycle of violence before it begins. The Violence Intervention and Prevention Program (VIP) at Mattie Rhodes Center is a comprehensive framework for positive behavior change, based on prevention strategies that address social ecological factors on an individual, relationship, community and societal level. This evidence-based model is guided by the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) four-level social-ecological model (SEM) to better understand violence and potential strategies to prevent it. The SEM allows violence interventionists to address the factors that put people at risk for or protect them from experiencing or perpetrating violence, and to pinpoint prevention approaches that can address these factors at every level.
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Northwest Independence STRIVIN' Expansion


COMMUNITY SERVICES LEAGUE PROGRAM -- CSL is expanding its community development work (with its integrated coaching relationships) into Northwest Independence and Sugar Creek. Long known as the most impoverished and violent part of Indenpendence, the northern portion of Van Horn High School’s catchment area is ripe with possibilities and opportunities—in spite of its challenges. As an expansion of the STRIVIN’ initiative in Hawthorne, CSL will bring community partnerships, long-time programs and new initiatives into these hot spots with a resilient-minded, family stability lens.
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Reducing Compound Trauma In Hot Spots


CENTERS FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION PROGRAM -- This project brings trauma informed conflict resolution processes and training and restorative justice practices to children, youth and adults in three COMBAT identified hot spots in Jackson County. This project will serve approximately 600 people in schools, neighborhoods, families and courts. Conflict resolution training and processes are a needed aspect of the full-scale intervention COMBAT is creating. These make a direct contribution to violence prevention efforts by successfully promoting the idea that conflicts can be resolved without violence. Since conflict can and sometimes does lead to violence, conflict resolution effectively reduces violence.
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Safe Zone


Safe Zone (SZ) is a neighborhood-based hub that offers access to community resources and direct services under one roof. Based on a violence reduction service delivery system, Safe Zone addresses risk factors for primarily socio-economically disadvantaged underserved youth and families living in high violent crime neighborhoods. The project will serve 50 Raytown families with middle school age children and provide innovative, comprehensive culturally-relevant direct services coupled with a robust referral system based in strong collaborative partnerships. PROGRAM PROVIDER: Sisters In Christ
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  1. STRIVING-250
    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a direct connection to COMBAT's Striving Together to Reduce Violence In Neighborhoods (STRIVIN') initaitive.

    Centers for Conflict Resolution
    » Reducing Compound Trauma In Hot Spots

    Community Services League

    » Hawthorne STRIVIN' Initiative
    » Northwest Independence STRIVIN' Expansion

    Hickman Mills Prevention Coalition
    » Hope Hangout

    Hope House, Inc.
    » Hope House's Targeted Domestic Violence Program

    Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council
    » Ivanhoe Neighborhood East Quadrant Safety Initiative

    Mattie Rhodes Center
    » Mattie Rhodes Violence & Intervention Program

    Sisters In Christ
    » Safe Zone



 Victim Support Services
These are COMBAT-funded programs with a victim support emphasis or component. The services provided include supporting the surviving family members of homicide victims and counseling services available to gunshot wound survivors.

AdHoc Violence Prevention Services


AdHOC GROUP AGAINST CRIME PROGRAM -- The purpose of AdHoc’s comprehensive COMBAT-funded Violence Prevention Services is to reduce the impact of violent crime in Jackson County neighborhoods and the potential for further violence. These services correspond to the COMBAT Community Violence Prevention focus area and include Crisis Case Management, as well as free in-house trauma and grief counseling.
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Hope & Healing Support Program


KC MOTHERS IN CHARGE PROGRAM -- The Hope and Healing Support Program of KC Mothers in Charge (KCMIC) helps families of homicide victims cope with the devastating trauma of a violent death; provides a range of support services to help them heal and develop resiliency; and, as part of their healing journey, empowers them to help others and to help build a community safe for all. At homicide scenes, KCMIC provides trauma-informed crisis intervention and peer-to-peer support to family members, explaining police procedures and helping manage grief, hostility, confusion and anger.
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Project Rise (TMC)


TRUMAN MEDICAL CENTER PROGRAM -- The RISE Program is a comprehensive, stepped-care treatment program that seeks to provide nonfatal shooting victims and their families with timely mental health supports in the immediate aftermath of a shooting. The RISE (Responsive Individualized Support and Early Intervention) Program consists of an interdisciplinary team of nurses, social workers, case managers, and behavioral health professionals working to make sure that people affected by gun violence have all the resources they need to recover.
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Listed By Agency

  1.  VICTIM SUPPORT  PROGRAMS

    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a victim support emphasis or component. The services provided include supporting the surviving family members of homicide victims and counseling services available to gunshot wound survivors.

    AdHoc Group Against Crime
    » AdHoc Violence Prevention Services

    KC Mothers In Charge
    » Hope & Healing Support Program

    Truman Medical Center
    » Project RISE

 Youth-Oriented Programs
These are  COMBAT-funded programs with a youth-oriented emphasis or component.

AileyCamp & AileyCamp The Group


KANSAS CITY FRIENDS OF ALVIN AILEY -- KCFAA is dedicated to using the arts coupled with intensive personal development curriculum, including the empathy curriculum the Oakland Men’s Project—How to stop the violence that tears our lives apart—and creative writing classes. The project also implements structured recreational interventions and age-relevant strategically selected group discussion topics about reducing violence. These focused classes, workshops and field trips contribute to teaching improved critical thinking and problem solving and avoiding choices that could lead to crime and/or violent crime victimization.
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ArtsTech's Violence Prevention


ARTSTECH PROGRAM -- ArtsTech's Prevention proposal includes three distinct, innovative, interactive and integrated programs that address COMBAT's expectations and so much more. ArtsTech addresses drug use prevention, ex-offenders and violence, conflict resolution, restorative justice, community violence prevention, gang violence and young peoples' overall health, especially young men of color.
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Child-Centered Creativity (C3)


UNITED INNER CITY SERVICES PROGRAM -- Child-Centered Creativity (C-3) is an art-focused behavioral intervention program developed by UICS to expand exposure to the arts while providing behavioral health supports for students. C-3 uses lay art therapy practices to support children who are exhibiting maladaptive behaviors in the classroom. C-3 provides students designated time in the arts to work on social skills and build confidence in small groups or individually with a teacher. Based on documented observations, students who have participated in C-3 have decreased disruptive and withdrawn behaviors in the classroom.
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FosterAdopt Connect Youth Project


FOSTERADOPT CONNECT PROGRAM -- Community Connections Youth Project is a voluntary case management program offered by FosterAdopt Connect to serve older foster youth and young adults who recently aged-out of foster care (ages 17-26). The overall goal of the program is to connect clients to services and resources they need to be successful as adults, and to mitigate many of the circumstances that lead to negative lifetime outcomes for people who have experienced significant childhood trauma.
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Della Lamb Youth Services


DELLA LAMB COMMUNITY SERVICES PROGRAM -- Della Lamb Youth Services are designed to teach kids alternatives that prevent crime and drug involvement, and to reinforce the need to stay in school by offering positive alternative activities for at-risk Kansas City youths ages 10-17.These programs are structured through a neighborhood-based after-school/evening/weekend format and include multiple options for kids to connect with positive, caring adults who offer activities that provide alternatives with impact. Specifically, Della Youth programs offer year-round league athletics. Educationally, Della programs offer kids tutoring and homework help, as well as youth leadership development, using the renowned Changing Scenes curriculum-designed program.
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Eastern Jackson County Schools Collaborative


BLUE SPRINGS SCHOOL DISTRICT PROGRAM -- The Eastern Jackson County Schools Collaborative of Greater Kansas City (EJCSC-GKC) is a joint effort among the school districts of Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove and Lone Jack for the express purpose of addressing the prevention of violence among our youth and families in Eastern Jackson County.
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Helping Youth Plan For Excellence


CALVARY COMMUNITY OUTREACH NETWORK PROGRAM -- The Calvary Community Outreach Network will expand the Helping Youth Plan for Excellence (HYPE) program to provide Trauma Assessment and treatment/referral services aimed at improving the well-being of youth.
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Mentor KC


TWELFTH STREET HERITAGE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION -- Mentor KC is a mentoring program with a primary purpose of providing positive influences and role models for youths residing in single-family homes, youths with incarcerated parents, or youths who have been identified as "at-risk" due to social and economic barriers.
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Night Light Curfew Program


JACKSON COUNTY FAMILY COURT -- The Night Light Program (NLP) is utilized to assist primary Juvenile Probation Officers in maintaining or stabilizing youth in the community by conducting late night curfew checks, encouraging compliance and community safety through the law enforcement presence in various communities of Jackson County. Evening and late-night operations occur between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. at a rate of five to seven nights per week.
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Project SAFE


ROSE BROOKS CENTER PROGRAM -- Project SAFE is a successful, evidence-based, in-school community violence prevention program that has been proven successful in reducing and/or eliminating violent behavior and promoting lives free of violence. With continued funding, COMBAT is supporting 600 students (pre-K through 12th grade) at nine Jackson County public schools in 2020 that span three local districts: Kansas City Public Schools, Grandview School District and Center School District. Project SAFE focuses on Community Violence Prevention and also provides innovative prevention for Teen Dating Violence.
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SMART Moves (Independence)


BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF KANSAS CITY PROGRAM -- SMART Moves is an age-specific, progressive, nationally recognized program focused on providing youth with resistance training in the areas of substance abuse, violence, peer pressure, bullying and other dangerous behaviors. The center-point of this proposal focuses on providing young people from Kansas City's urban core with access to safe, secure, positive environments on a daily basis as well as ongoing educational programming to keep youth engaged in beneficial, healthy activities.
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SMART Moves (KC)


SMART Moves is an age-specific, progressive, nationally recognized program focused on providing youth with resistance training in the areas of substance abuse, violence, peer pressure, bullying and other dangerous behaviors. The center-point of this proposal focuses on providing young people from Kansas City's urban core with access to safe, secure, positive environments on a daily basis as well as ongoing educational programming to keep youth engaged in beneficial, healthy activities. 
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STEM Educational Programs


MINDDRIVE, INC. PROGRAM -- Since 2010 MINDDRIVE has offered a STEM project-based, experiential-learning program to underserved, at-risk, culturally diverse urban teens (14-18 years old) in Kansas City's urban core. The purpose of the program is to provide technical and vocational skills, teamwork, critical thinking, structure, planning, process, success/failure, accomplishment and leadership opportunities in an environment supported by adult volunteer mentors and facilitators.
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Urban Ranger Program


URBAN RANGER CORPS PROGRAM -- The URC provides youth programming to boys and young men grades 7th-12th, ages 12 to 18, with a unique opportunity to develop the appropriate life skills necessary for them to become successful and contributing members of society. URC is a singular program operating annually, from June through May, and broken down into two sessions: a Summer Session (June-August) and a School-Year Session (September-May). URC makes available to young men opportunities to expand their involvement in activities that will augment their future personal growth and development as members of a worldwide human resource pool. URC offers each participant a global view in the content areas of Career and Academic Enhancement, Financial and Entrepreneurial Education, and Neighborhood and Community Involvement.
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Whatsoever Youth Services


WHATSOEVER COMMUNITY CENTER PROGRAM -- As documented by the crime "hot spot" maps, Whatsoever is surrounded by areas designated as being "high crime." Whatsoever's goal is to be an oasis among these hot spots—to prevent more youths from falling into crime or becoming victims. Addressing the issues that youth/young adults and their families encounter cannot be assisted with a “cookie cutter” solution. The staff at Whatsoever, with their connection to the community and experience with the resources it takes to overcome these issues, is completely committed to putting preventive practices in action.
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Youth Ambassadors


YOUTH AMBASSADORS, INC. PROGRAM -- Youth Ambassadors hires youth, many of whom have a history of multiple trauma exposure and are at risk for violence, either as victims or perpetrators. Youth Ambassadors’ strength-based curriculum fosters resiliency by strengthening intrapersonal, interpersonal and cognitive competence—characteristics that interact with risk factors to reduce their influence on violent behavior. Through intentional instruction, students learn core Social Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies and protective factors. Content includes conflict resolution skills, self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making, enhancing their capacity to effectively deal with daily tasks and challenges. Multiple socio-emotional, environmental, demographic and academic risk factors are cited as major reasons for violence and dropping out of school.
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Listed By Agency

  1.  YOUTH-ORIENTED

    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a youth-oriented emphasis or component.

    ArtsTech
    » ArtsTech's Violence Prevention Programs

    Blue Springs School District
    » Eastern Jackson County Schools Collaborative of Greater Kansas City

    Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City
    » SMART Moves (Independence)
    » SMART Moves (Kansas City)

    Calvary Community Outreach Network
    » Helping Youth Plan For Excellence

    Della Lamb Community Services

    » Della Lamb Youth Services Program

    FosterAdopt Connect
    » Community Connections Youth Project

    Hickman Mills Prevention Coalition

    » Hope Hangout

    Jackson County Family Court
    » Night Light Law Enforcement Curfew Program

    Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey
    » AileyCamp & AileyCamp The Group

    Mattie Rhodes Center
    » Mattie Rhodes Violence & Intervention Program

    MINDDRIVE, Inc.
    » STEM Educational Programs

    Rose Brooks Center
    » Project SAFE

    Sisters In Christ
    » Safe Zone

    12th Street Heritage Development Corporation
    » Mentor KC

    United Inner City Services (UICS)
    » Child-Centered Creativity (C3)
    » Stay, Play & Learn—Violence Prevention

    Urban Ranger Corps
    » Urban Ranger Program

    Whatsoever Community Center
    » Whatsoever Youth Services

    Youth Ambassadors, Inc.
    » Youth Ambassadors Summer & School Year Programming