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City selects three organizations to help curb youth violence

The City of Kansas City, Mo., has selected Central High School (Kansas City, Mo., School District), in partnership with Peers Organized to Support Student Excellence; the Greater Kansas City Boys & Girls Club; and the Pan Educational Institute, in partnership with Jackson County COMBAT, as the providers of the City’s youth violence prevention projects.

These organizations were among 20 applicants that applied to assist the City in its ongoing commitment to reduce violence among the community’s residents between the ages of 12 and 25.

A panel of experts and City staff reviewed the proposals and guided the final selection process. In selecting the three recipients, they focused on the following factors:

    The quality of the proposal

    Evidence of need and clarity of articulated goals

    Documentation of support from schools or community organizations and partners

    Geographic location

    Assessment of the potential to add value to the City’s ongoing efforts.

Thalia Cherry, youth advocate in the City Manager’s Office, is contacting the selected organizations to review the proposals and begin integrating the plans.

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