$10Ok grants will support antiviolence initiatives in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (WOOD) – A Grand Rapids task force selected the five programs, each receiving $ 10,000 to reduce violence and crime.

The groups are part of more than a dozen organizations that shared their ideas with the City’s Safe Alliances for All task force during a Pitch night last week.

We Matter Now will host a two day conference to provide conflict resolution and problem solving training to young people.

the Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation will use the money raised to sponsor a community basketball league. Young people can participate in exchange for a reduction in truancy and truancy. They are also supported by mentors.

The Neighborhood Association Collaborative of Grand Rapids will launch a public awareness campaign on “Safe Roads = Safe Neighborhoods”. The group says its focus will be on educating and training the community about gun safety as well as best practices in combating violence.

Open doors plans to use the money for a six-month program to help those ages 14-18 who are victims of domestic violence. It offers individual therapy, group support, and physical education classes.

Muse GR will host a co-production studio that will provide photography and videography to people aged 15 to 24. Muse has already received money from the SAFE Task Force for music-based community programs. The idea is to give young people a place away from the street where they can identify with others their age.

Freedom Elevated Defense Solutions, a new startup, also received US $ 1,000 for providing training on firearms safety, including how to properly secure firearms.

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