action for a better community


Rochester New York's Northeast side has the image of being one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the city, exacerbated by low incomes. It's also home to families, local businesses, and a rich history, and often the recipient of community outreach services and anti-violence initiatives.

Save Our Youth is one of the most recent initiatives. The idea is to employ individuals who have come out the other side of the criminal justice system with the motivation to positively impact the community. Their history enables them to help detect and interrupt acts of violence before they happen. The method is based on the Cure Violence Model out of Chicago, Illinois, which treats violence as a disease or public health issue. But it's one of a raft of programs and was only funded for one year.

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