PROJECTS AND FUNDING
The Center on Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice is supported primarily by seed funding from the Rutgers-Newark Office of the Chancellor. Many of our activities and projects are supported separately through a mix of funds from state and federal sources. Our center is interested in projects that connect research to practice and policy in the service of understanding, preventing, managing, and reducing youth violence. We are always open to establishing new collaborations and pursuing relevant, targeted funding opportunities. If you are interested in forming a partnership of this kind, please let us know!
Our primary ongoing projects are described below.
THE “CALL-OUT” PROGRAM FOR YOUTH (COPY) IN NEWARK
Our team has been working closely with the Newark Police Department, Community Solutions Incorporated, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex/Hudson/Union Counties, and the Family Support Organization of Essex County on a new and innovative outreach program to connect juveniles who have been arrested directly to providers of evidence-based intervention services. To request more information about this program, click here.
THE NEWARK WEST WARD VICTIM OUTREACH SERVICES PROJECT
We are partnered with the City of Newark and our collaborators in the Rutgers Center on Public Security on a new, federally-funded initiative to enhance services for the victims of violent crime while broadening violent crime prevention efforts in one of Newark’s more challenging neighborhoods. To request more information about this program, click here.
THE JERSEY CITY MUNICIPAL YOUTH SERVICES COUNCIL
In partnership with the City of Jersey City, and with the support of the NJ Office of the Attorney General, center director Paul Boxer is co-chairing Jersey City’s new youth policy board. This is a multi-sector, interdisciplinary collaborative comprised of practitioners and policymakers charged with enhancing positive youth development in the city while reducing rates of school dropout, young-adult unemployment, and juvenile delinquency. To request more information about this program, click here.
EVALUATING INTERVENTIONS FOR GANG-INVOLVED YOUTH
Our team has been conducting a federally funded study on the effectiveness of Multisystemic Therapy for youth who have been involved in gang activity. We have published our findings and presented them at multiple scientific conferences including conferences of the American Society of Criminology and the Society for Research in Child Development. To request more information about this work, click here.
CAMPUS-COMMUNITY CONNECTION SEED FUNDING PROGRAM
Our center is supporting two new innovative projects that integrate research with service to build our capacity for high-level applied and programmatic research with local roots and national impact:
Station-House Adjustments and Service Connections
This project is a partnership among Newark Community Solutions, the Newark Police Department, and the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice. We will develop a web-based data collection system for juveniles referred to non-profit agencies as part of the City of Newark’s stationhouse adjustment initiative – an alternative method to handle first-time juvenile offenders. The data generated will track eligible cases in Newark, compiling case characteristics that lead to successful diversion. This information can also be used to enhance the stationhouse adjustment process, keeping more young people out of the criminal justice system. For more information, click here.
Truancy Alternative Program and Service Connection
Newark Community Solutions plans to expand its partnership with the Newark Municipal Court by more directly offering services to families engaged in the Truancy Alternative Program. Newark Community Solutions will supervise an intern working collaboratively with the Truancy Court and Newark Youth Court teams to identify parents and/or guardians who are in need of and interested in receiving social services. In addition to referring interested parent/guardians and tracking case outcomes, the initiative will also create and distribute surveys to participants in order to gauge satisfaction with the process and solicit feedback on how Newark Community Solutions can improve onsite services for families in need. For more information, click here.
Roots, Rock, Run Health Promotion Project
GrassROOTS Community Foundation’s R3 (Roots, Rock, Run) Newark Training Program seeks to reduce violence among Newark youth by increasing their access and participation in structured goal-oriented physical activity. The goals are to enroll 25 youth (10-14 year olds) and one caregiver in a 10-week running program that will conclude with the Roots, Rock, Run 5K Community Race/Walk. For more information, click here.