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    Yesterday, I was pleased to announce a new initiative that aims to prevent violence among youth before it even begins: the Youth Violence Prevention grant initiative.

    With this new program, the City is funding youth programming that is aligned with the Centers for Disease Control's best practices for preventing at-risk youth from turning to violence.

    Twenty-two city organizations received funding for youth programming that is focused on three areas identified by the CDC as assisting in preventing violence among youth:

    • “ Pro-social” interventions and experiences that help youth develop tactics and strategies to handle difficult emotional situations without turning to violence;

    • Mentorship in order to provide role models that can help guide youth behavior positively; and

    • Youth job training and readiness skills (including college exposure) so that youth are exposed to opportunities and can envision positive options for their future.

    This program is one more tactic we are employing to achieve the City’s top public safety goal: reducing violence and nicely complements other measures the City has implemented to reduce violence including Community Policing, Re-Entry Services, the Shooting Task Force, Project Longevity and Street Outreach workers.

    This new program is funded with a $750,000 competitive grant that the City of New Haven won from the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch.


    Next week, from October 21st to October 24th, the City of New Haven will be gathering public input surrounding the possible conversion of one-way streets to two-way streets in Downtown New Haven. Public input will be gathered at a design “charrettes” – a series of meetings at which various stakeholders are brought together for focused planning and design work.

    The City has not made a decision to either keep certain downtown streets one-way or to convert them to two-way and that the point of the charrette-- to gather as much public input as possible.

    The charrette will kick off at 6:30pm on Monday, October 21st at the New Haven Free Public Library at 133 Elm Street with a project overview and educational session. While residents can stop in at any point during the charrette to provide input or ask questions, the “Hands on Design Sessions” are the ideal opportunity to take part in the design process.

    On Tuesday, October 22nd, two Hands on Design Sessions will be held. The first will be at 10am at the lower level of the New Haven Free Public Library at 133 Elm Street. The second will be held at 6:30 pm at the Chapel West Special Services District office 1205 Chapel Street.

    For the full charrette schedule, please go here.

    A flyer can be viewed here.


    Oct. 17. New Haven Green Drinks. Cafe Goodfellas.

    Oct. 18. Amir ElSaffar Quintet Firehouse 12. $12/$18 8:30/10pm. http://firehouse12.com

    Oct. 18. Lantern Tour of Evergreen Cemetery. 5:30pm. $10 pp. Pre Registration required. education@newhavenmuseum.org

    Oct. 19. Film: Age of Champions. Ives Main Library. #NHV. 2-4pm.

    Oct. 20: How to replace a zipper. Neville Wisdom. 11am - 12pm. Registration required info@projectstorefrontsnewhaven.com

    Oct. 21. An Evening with David Sedaris.Shubert Theater. 7:30pm. www.shubert.com

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