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Fighting Gang Violence: MAPC Facilitates Metro Mayors Shannon Grant Coalition

In 2014, for the 8th year in a row, MAPC will be facilitating the Metro Mayors Shannon Grant Coalition. The Shannon Grant is a statewide youth and gang violence prevention grant that includes both law enforcement and social services components. The Metro Mayors grant comprises of eight inner-core communities: Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Quincy, Revere, Somerville, and Winthrop. The total grant for 2014 is $364,000, a 10% increase over 2013. The grant has fostered a remarkable amount of coordination and collaboration both within communities between law enforcement and non-profits and human services departments as well as among communities. It funds a variety of efforts and entities that together, work to prevent and suppress youth and gang violence. Because youth and gang violence does not respect municipal boundaries, a key component of this grant is the regional nature of the efforts.

Metro Mayors also lead the statewide advocacy for the Shannon Grant. Each spring, Metro Mayors hosts a Day on the Hill to express support for the grant and bring together young people, law enforcement, mayors, and legislators at the State House.

– Charlie Titcotsky, Government Affairs Specialist

http://www.mapc.org/about-mapc/staff/charlie-ticotsky

Shannon Grant Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass, 2013. Photo MAPC staff.
Shannon Grant Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass, 2013. Photo MAPC staff.
Shannon Grant Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass, 2013. Photo MAPC staff.
Shannon Grant Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass, 2013. Photo MAPC staff.