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Safe Teens/Sage Communities Coalition

This is a statewide coalition that MCAN has provided staffing to and is a member of along with our 6 affiliates and other community and youth serving organizations:


The Safe Teens/Safe Communities Coalition: purposes, accomplishments, and membership

1. What have we done so far and what are our goals?

We played an important role in the organizing to get the Shannon Anti-Gang Violence grant program passed by the Legislature at $11 million each year these past two years--provides funding for law enforcement, intervention, and prevention programs. We developed the proposal and organized the campaign that resulted in passage of the $2 million DPH Youth Violence Prevention/ Positive Youth Development program during 2007. We supported the increased in the YouthWorks summer jobs for teens state funded program.

This coalition was formed in 2005. We work to increase funding for youth violence prevention/intervention programs dealing with problems like gang violence, substance abuse, bullying and to offer positive opportunities of programs, education, jobs, and leadership development for youth

2. Who are the current members (as of 2/14/08)?

Massachusetts Communities Action Network (MCAN), Boston Ten Point Coalition (BTPC), Black Ministerial Alliance (BMA), Dorchester Youth Collaborative (DYC), United Interfaith Action of SE Massachusetts (UIA--New Bedford and Fall River), Brockton Interfaith Community (BIC), Essex County Community Organization (ECCO), Metropolitan Interfaith Congregations Acting for Hope (MICAH-MetroWest), Worcester Interfaith (WI), Pioneer Valley Project (PVP-Springfield), ROCA (Chelsea, East Boston, Charlestown, Revere), United Teen Equality Center (UTEC-Lowell), Project Right (Boston/Grove Hall), Boston Catholic Charities, DotWell, Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, Codman Square Health Center, Youth Empowerment Services (Amesbury), Hyde Square Task Force (Boston/Jamaica Plain), Holyoke Youth Task Force, North Central Massachusetts Youth Development Coalition (Fitchburg), Boston Asian: Youth Essential Service, MissionSAFE (Mission Hill, Charlestown/Boston), Springfield Ten Point Coalition

3. What does membership mean?

a) You support increased state funding for youth violence prevention and intervention programs such as the DPH Youth Violence Prevention Program, the Shannon Anti-Gang Violence Program, and YouthWorks jobs for teens program.

b) You are willing to do your part based on the practices of your organization in meeting, writing, calling your legislators to ask them to make this one of their budget priorities.

c) You will be invited to certain meetings and/or conference calls, but only attend when you can

d) You designate one or more people from your group to receive updates on budget, legislation, and policy issues that impact on youth violence prevention and intervention

e) There are no membership dues to join.

4. Agenda for 2008

Increase funding for youth violence prevention/intervention programs such as street outreach workers, “place based” teen programs, substance abuse prevention, jobs for teens. Work on related policy issues like CORI reform and revenues to pay for programs.

For more information, contact the Safe Teens/Safe Communities Coalition
c/o Massachusetts Communities Action Network
1773 Dorchester Avenue
Boston, MA 02124
(617) 822-1499