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MAPC’s Metro Mayors Community Safety Day on the Hill

April 30, 2014, Boston: Exuberance was in the air as over 250 youth, mayors, law enforcement and municipal officials, legislators and community advocates gathered in Nurses Hall at the State House. It was the Community Safety Day on the Hill, an annual rally organized by MAPC’s Metro Mayors Coalition focused on addressing youth violence prevention in 28 communities throughout the Commonwealth.

This year’s event included constituents of the Commonwealth’s Shannon Community Safety Initiative (Shannon) and the Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI), as well as other advocates of anti-gang and anti-youth violence efforts from across the state. The event was highlighted by young people and other community leaders powerful and moving words, as well as a powerful call to action.

Speakers from the event highlighted:

The spectrum of services that help young people grow into healthy and productive adults, reinforcing the range of interventions needed to engage at-risk, high-risk, and proven-risk young people.

  • In the 28 Shannon CSI grant communities, between 2009 – 2013, there has been a 33 percent reduction in aggravated assault victimizations and a 31 percent reduction in homicide victimizations. The program continues to draw strength from its strong multidisciplinary collaborations with state and city agencies, as well as partnerships with faith-based, philanthropic, and business organizations throughout the broader community.
  • The 11 participating SSYI cities have achieved a 25 percent drop in homicide victims ages 14 – 24 and a 19 percent decrease in aggravated assault in victims ages 14 – 24. SSYI continues to focus on the small cohort of young people, ages 14 to 24, who have a proven risk for criminal behavior, have been victims of violence, or are family members of someone who has been a victim.

The MAPC’s Metro Mayors Coalition is continuing to support a range of innovative legislative and programmatic strategies that promote safe, vibrant communities for all.

Carla Ribeiro, a peace advocate with Brockton's Safe Corners Initiative, opened the event with a powerful song celebrating harmony among young people. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Carla Ribeiro, a peace advocate with Brockton’s Safe Corners Initiative, opened the event with a powerful song celebrating harmony among young people. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Chair of MAPC?s Metro Mayors Coalition, opened and MC?ed the Community Safety Day event. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition, Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Chair of MAPC’s Metro Mayors Coalition, opened and MC’ed the Community Safety Day event. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition, Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Senator Eileen M. Donoghue, D-Lowell, highlighted the importance of continued advocacy for SSYI and Shannon, as well as the positive impact they are having in her district. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Senator Eileen M. Donoghue, D-Lowell, highlighted the importance of continued advocacy for SSYI and Shannon, as well as the positive impact they are having in her district. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Michael Coelho, Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning, at the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, highlighted the importance of these grant programs to supporting a vibrant, safer Commonwealth. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Michael Coelho, Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning, at the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, highlighted the importance of these grant programs to supporting a vibrant, safer Commonwealth. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Addressing the crowd, Ricky Wainaina, a staffer at UTEC in Lowell, shared his story of being homeless after his aunt died. Ricky credited the services he received from UTEC, a Shannon and SSYI funded organization, for helping him finish school, enter into a training program and become a force for good in his community. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Addressing the crowd, Ricky Wainaina, a staffer at the United Teens Equality Center in Lowell, shared his story of being homeless after his aunt died. Ricky credited the services he received from UTEC, a Shannon and SSYI funded organization, for helping him finish school, enter into a training program and become a force for good in his community. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Representative Mike Brady of Brockton spoke about the synergies being created between law enforcement and community partners, as well as the role of young people in addressing youth violence. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Representative Mike Brady of Brockton spoke about the synergies being created between law enforcement and community partners, as well as the role of young people in addressing youth violence. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Carlo DeMaria, mayor of Everett and member of MAPC?s Metro Mayor?s Coalition, introduced the youth speakers and shared the impact of the Shannon grant on addressing youth violence in his city. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Carlo DeMaria, mayor of Everett and member of MAPC’s Metro Mayors Coalition, introduced the youth speakers and shared the impact of the Shannon grant on addressing youth violence in his city. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Ricky Wainaina, a staffer at UTEC in Lowell. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Ricky Wainaina, a staffer at UTEC in Lowell. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Gina Antuna and Felix Burgos of the Worcester Youth Center shared how the center helped turn their lives around and give them and their family and friends positive options. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Gina Antuna and Felix Burgos of the Worcester Youth Center shared how the center helped turn their lives around and give them and their family and friends positive options. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries
Gina Antuna and Felix Burgos of the Worcester Youth Center shared how the center helped turn their lives around and give them and their family and friends positive options. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Gina Antuna and Felix Burgos of the Worcester Youth Center shared how the center helped turn their lives around and give them and their family and friends positive options. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
William B. Evans, Boston Police Department Commissioner, shared how the partnerships funded through the Shannon and SSYI initiatives are central features of the city?s youth violence prevention strategy. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
William B. Evans, Boston Police Department Commissioner, shared how the partnerships funded through the Shannon and SSYI initiatives are central features of the city’s youth violence prevention strategy. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Boston Police Department Superintendent-in-Chief, William G. Gross, discussed the important role that SSYI and Shannon funded partners play in supporting community safety and providing positive alternatives for youth. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Boston Police Department Superintendent-in-Chief, William G. Gross, discussed the important role that SSYI and Shannon funded partners play in supporting community safety and providing positive alternatives for youth. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Currently in the midst of a youth violence flare-up, Jonathan Mendes and members of the Brockton Safe Corners Initiative (housed at the Old Colony YMCA) are frontline workers in the city?s efforts at addressing gang- and youth-violence. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition, Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Currently in the midst of a youth violence flare-up, Jonathan Mendes and members of the Brockton Safe Corners Initiative (housed at the Old Colony YMCA) are frontline workers in the city’s efforts at addressing gang- and youth-violence. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition, Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Latiana Appleberry, a Survivor Mentor at My Life My Choice, shared with the hundreds gathered how her organization plays a key role in preventing and helping girls and young women escape the commercial sexual exploitation industry. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition, Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Latiana Appleberry, a Survivor Mentor at My Life My Choice, shared with the hundreds gathered how her organization plays a key role in preventing and helping girls and young women escape the commercial sexual exploitation industry. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition, Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Lew Finfer of the Massachusetts Communities Action Network (MCAN) stressed the importance of young people being heard by advocating to their Representatives and Senators. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition, Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Lew Finfer of the Massachusetts Communities Action Network (MCAN) stressed the importance of young people being heard by advocating to their Representatives and Senators. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition, Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Interim Brockton Police Chief Robert Hayden discussed Brockton?s multi-faceted approach to addressing youth violence. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition, Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Interim Brockton Police Chief Robert Hayden discussed Brockton’s multi-faceted approach to addressing youth violence. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition, Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Marc Draisen, executive director of MAPC, gave the call to action, telling the crowd, ?this is where the money is! ? He rallied the young people to share with their legislators the important impact that Shannon and SSYI is having in their neighborhoods.
Marc Draisen, Executive Director of MAPC, gave the call to action, telling the crowd, “this is where the money is!” He rallied the young people to share with their legislators the important impact that Shannon and SSYI is having in their neighborhoods.
Mayor Gary Christenson of Malden, Representative Paul J. Donato (Third Division Chair), BPD Commissioner Evans, and Mayor Dan Rizzo of Revere share a word at the Community Safety Day on the Hill at the State House. Lew Finfer (back right). MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Mayor Gary Christenson of Malden, Representative Paul J. Donato (Third Division Chair), BPD Commissioner Evans, and Mayor Dan Rizzo of Revere share a word at the Community Safety Day on the Hill at the State House. Lew Finfer (back right). MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
MAPC?s Charles Ticotsky and Marc-Henry Germain; Somerville mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Chair of MAPC?s Metro Mayor?s Coalition; BPD commissioner William Evans; Malden mayor Gary Christenson; mayor of Everett and member of MAPC?s Metro Mayor?s Coalition, Carlo DeMaria; and Joel Barrera and Rebecca Davis of MAPC. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition, Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
MAPC’s Charles Ticotsky and Marc-Henry Germain; Somerville mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Chair of MAPC’s Metro Mayors Coalition; BPD commissioner William Evans; Malden mayor Gary Christenson; mayor of Everett and member of MAPC’s Metro Mayors Coalition, Carlo DeMaria; and Joel Barrera and Rebecca Davis of MAPC. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition, Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
 Superintendent-in-Chief Gross and Project RIGHT executive director Jorge Martinez and a staffer share a word. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition, Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Superintendent-in-Chief Gross and Project RIGHT executive director Jorge Martinez and a staffer share a word. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition, Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Members of Brockton's Safe Corners Initiative. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
Members of Brockton’s Safe Corners Initiative. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
YOung people from UTEC in Lowell. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition, Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.
YOung people from UTEC in Lowell. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition, Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

By Marc-Henry Germain, Analyst, Government Affairs