Violence In Communities-of-Color

“[The] discussion only seems to happen when people get scared, see changing trends in violent crime, or suddenly wake up to the reality that violent crime and gang activity doesn’t just ‘disappear’, but instead requires a significant “all hands on deck” ongoing commitment of resources…while it is true that there is a group of individuals heavily involved in violence who will not respond to outreach, there is no question that the majority of high-risk gang-involved individuals could benefit from, and potentially would change the direction of their lives as a result of, caring, supportive services.”


Chris Magnus, Chief of Police - Tucson Police Department (former Chief in Richmond, California)


LGO Subject Matter Expert(s): To be announced.


We are modeling and supporting mitigation efforts with the following three cities:

Chicago, Illinois

Detroit, Michigan

Richmond, California 


**The programs and resources listed below are a part of an ongoing process of analysis. Take them as initial recommendations for your education. We will announce in the future if we form official partnerships with organizations. We will announce when we donate funds to organizations. These are the organizations that we are researching and considering.**



Chicago, Illinois

Chicago CRED

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YWCA - Metropolitan Chicago

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Chicago Safe Start

“The Safe Start National Resource Center supports those working or interested in the field of Children Exposed to Violence (CEV). It helps by raising awareness, effective community action, and moving from evidence to action to prevent and reduce the impact of violence on children and their families. This includes those who are both direct victims of violence and those who witness, hear, see or experience the aftermath of violent events in the home, school and community.”

Detroit, Michigan

The Safe And Secure Project

“The cure for curiosity is normality. Introduction to firearms is an easy way to familiarize your child with firearms. If your child understands your firearms, and they are not kept away like a dark secret, there will be less of a risk that they will want to play with them if found. Through your teachings and our classes they will know what to do if they come across one. We would like to take the curiosity of firearms away from children.”

YWCA Detroit - Interim House

“YWCA Interim House, a program of the YWCA of Metropolitan Detroit, first opened its doors in 1979, becoming one of the first and largest shelters in Michigan.  It offers 24-hour crisis help line services; emergency temporary shelter; food and clothing; individual, family and children and group counseling; residential and non-residential support groups; case management; legal advocacy referrals; sexual assault advocacy referrals childcare services; transportation and many other community referrals (legal, financial assistance, medical services and transitional & permanent housing).  Many referrals have qualification guidelines. These services are offered in a 67-bed facility to women and children survivors in a safe, comfortable and supportive environment.”

Pathways to Potential

“We believe everyone in Michigan has the potential to achieve their dreams. Some just need extra support and assistance along the way. In an effort to help everyone find a path to their fullest potential, we created Pathways to Potential as a way to break down barriers and deliver services where people need them.

The Pathways approach works collaborative with families, schools, and communities to target five outcome areas: reducing chronic absenteeism, education, health, safety and self-sufficiency. It also relies on a number of support networks and partnerships to wrap their arms around children and families to help them succeed.”

Richmond, California

Community Violence Solutions

“Founded in 1974, Community Violence Solutions, the umbrella organization for the Rape Crisis Center of Contra Costa and Marin Counties, is one of the oldest rape crisis centers in California, and one of the oldest in the country. Community Violence Solutions provides support services to child and adult victims of sexual assault and their families.”

Advance Peace

“Advance Peace interrupts gun violence in American urban neighborhoods by providing transformational opportunities to young men involved in lethal firearm offenses and placing them in a high-touch, personalized fellowship—the Peacemaker Fellowship®.

By working with and supporting a targeted group of individuals at the core of gun hostilities, Advance Peace bridges the gap between anti-violence programming and a hard-to-reach population at the center of violence in urban areas, thus breaking the cycle of gun hostilities and altering the trajectory of these men’s lives.”

Contra Costa Family Justice Center

When survivors of family violence seek help, they are often frustrated by a fractured system. They may have to travel to multiple locations and tell their story repeatedly. National estimates show that victims may access as many as 32 different agencies for assistance. These hurdles can discourage their efforts, and cause many people to simply stop seeking help. The Center brings multiple partners, both public and community-based, to provide holistic services to victims of interpersonal violence.”