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Action Partnership on Interventions for Black Children Exposed to Violence and Victimization

Under this Action Partnership, the Youth Initiative of the National Center for Victims of Crime and the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation with project spokesperson William Kellibrew, IV and MEE Productions, Inc., supported by the Defending Childhood Initiative, Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, collaborated with leading experts on urban trauma and Black child and family development to develop culturally-relevant educational resources and advocacy to raise awareness about the needs and rights of Black children exposed to violence and victimization. 

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New Resource:

Reaching Out To Black Children Exposed to Violence is an excellent professional development tool for all professionals and volunteers who work with children and teens, including youth development professionals and volunteers, coaches and recreation program workers, educators and school personnel, juvenile justice and law enforcement personnel, day care providers, youth mentors, and other community members who seek to enhance their understanding of how to help Black children exposed to violence. Use the video and this accompanying Discussion Guide to facilitate a conversation in your program or agency. It can also be used as part of a more comprehensive workshop on children’s exposure to violence and victimization. 


         
The Action Partnership on Interventions for Black Children Exposed to Violence and Victimization, a Defending Childhood initiative, is a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime in conjunction with the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and MEE Productions Inc. This was produced by the National Center for Victims of Crime under Grant No. 2010-VF-GX-K007 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this document are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.