The U.S. DOJ Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships was pleased to participate in the 2nd Annual Summit on Preventing Youth Violence in Washington, D.C. as a part of the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. The Forum is an effort to elevate youth and gang violence as issues of national significance, and to enhance the capacity of localities to more effectively prevent youth and gang violence. I was particularly excited this year that so many powerful national and local faith-based and non-profit leaders were able to participate including:
- Lecrae Moore, Grammy Nominated Hip Hop artist
- Pastor Keith Norman, First Baptist Church, Memphis, TN
- Pastor Michael McBride, PICO National Network
- James Rodriguez, President, Fathers & Families Coalition of America, Inc.
- Deborah Aguilar, Founder, “A Time for Grieving”, Salinas, CA
- Sue Badeau, Casey Family Programs
Read about the 2012 Summit on Preventing Youth Violence
The next day the CFBNP worked with the White House Office of Public Engagement to recognize twelve leaders as Champions of Change for their work to prevent Youth Violence within their communities.
Read about the White House Youth Violence Prevention Champions of Change
Lastly, the CFBNP recently held two very successful webinars on Faith and Community Based approaches to Reentry and Responsible Fatherhood Initiatives.
Eugene Schneeberg is the Director of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Justice.