Community Based Programs

Please check back for The Crime Control and Prevention District (CCPD) FY 2018 Community Based Program Request for Proposals (RFP) and submission deadline.

In FY 2017, six programs are supported by the CCPD Community Based Program fund. These programs include:

Artes de la Rosa Cultural Center for the Arts - Artes Academy

Artes Academy is Artes de la Rosa's award winning Arts Education program that takes at-risk youth off the street, turning them away from a life of crime, and giving them positive role models by offering them healthy, positive alternatives through the arts. Visual arts, dance and drama provide experiences that can open a world of opportunities for these youth. The arts are away to build a child's self-esteem and self-awareness creating a positive self-image which is a crucial defense to negative influences our youth encounter in their everyday life.  The arts overall stimulate the creative thinking process, and creative thinking youth grow up to be creative thinking adults who serve as positive role models and contributing citizens in the community.

Research has shown that if at-risk youth are going to find trouble, it will be in the hours after school, when they're idle and alone and have little to do. Without positive role models or healthy activities, youth in impoverished neighborhoods may tum to drugs, gangs, and crime. Local communities must find ways to help take at-risk youth off the street. Artes Academy addresses this need with its program that serves low-income families from diverse backgrounds that are looking for inspiration and receive it through teaching artists who engage youth through a wide range of dance, theatre, and visual arts to the participating children, daily after school at Artes de la Rosa's home, The Rose Marine Theater, which is nestled in the middle of a historically underdeveloped community.

Lena Pope Home, Inc. – Second Opportunity for Success®

Research indicates that juvenile offenders face many barriers to leading a life free of future crime and violence, including truancy, family instability, and substance abuse or mental health issues.  Further, Texas has higher rates of juvenile detention than the national average, which creates significant community costs. Lena Pope's Second Opportunity for Success® program works to rehabilitate first time offending youth in the community, which research and previous program results suggest produces better, more cost-effective outcomes for these youth. The program has two phases which use research-tested strategies to address each of the barriers that juvenile offenders face to living without violence and recidivism. The first phase is seven weeks of skill building groups for both youth and their parents. Parents are required to accompany their children to each weekly class and attend a separate parenting class. Both parents and youth learn to effectively express concerns and solve problems. This intensive family involvement is one of the aspects that sets Second Opportunity for Success® apart, and according to research, is crucial to an effective diversionary program. The second phase of the program is a 90-day follow-up period where a Lena Pope staff monitors the student in the community to assure continued success.  After the 90-day probation period has expired, the youth and family has completed all program requirements, and the youth has not re-offended, Lena Pope recommends to the referring party that the youth be successfully discharged and that the youth's charges be dropped.

Second Opportunity for Success® has been recognized nationally as an outstanding program. Urban Solutions did an assessment of youth reentry programs in 2004, and named Second Opportunity for Success® as one of the top ten diversionary programs. Further, the program has had outstanding success since it began in 2000, with a cumulative tenured staff, and the creation of lasting supports for youth and their families.

New Day ServicesFamilies Offering Children Unfailing Support (FOCUS)

Children that are removed or are at risk of removal from their families and put into substitute care will have already experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (such as domestic violence in the home, neglect, or abuse), both of which lead to their engagement in high risk behaviors including: being arrested as a juvenile and being involved in violent crime. Families Offering Children Unfailing Support (FOCUS)-Mothers program's primary focus is to reduce out-of-home placement for children. FOCUS-Mothers is about building key protective factors that enable children to thrive. It rebuilds children's lives by helping their mothers gain the tools they need to redirect their lives. 

This funding opportunity allows for the continuation (year 2) of the expansion of the FOCUS for Mothers program serving mothers referred from CCC#S- Judge Cummings-Domestic Violence, Child Support Courts, CCCC #9-Prostitution-Judge Carr, and Parole/Re-entry. FOCUS for Mothers staff person is located in the New Day office at the Tarrant County Family Law Center where they will teach two classes per week on Monday and Tuesday nights for a total of 100 classes. Each session consists of 10 classes. We will begin our first session October 3-December 5, 2016 and our second session November 1, 2016 -January 10, 2017. This funding will also allow us to facilitate Spanish-speaking led classes and provide Spanish language materials. We will serve approximately 124 mothers and impact the lives of approximately 310 children.

Opening Doors for Women in Need – The Change a Life! Nehemiah Project

Opening Doors doe Women in Need (ODWIN) began providing prisoner reentry services thirteen years ago for women returning from prison.  It is a 12-month transitional housing program.  Five years ago ODWIN began providing services to the entire Como Neighborhood (including men) when it opened a Resource Center.  Poverty relief services including a clothes closet, food pantry, job readiness, and entrepreneur.  Overcomes recovery support and community garden is provided.

The Como Neighborhood is a part of our city that is crime ridden and challenged by high unemployment. It is described as being a square mile island of poverty surrounded by a sea of wealth.  To decrease crime ODWIN is planning to provide job training/personal development program.  The training will be held three times a week for six weeks.  The first session will be a pilot 10 participant enrolled.  After that, 20 participants will be served each session.  Each participant will be individually assessed at baseline and placed in the program at the point that meets his/her needs. The training will include soft training designed to build self-esteem and hard training built to develop skills such as computer literacy and resume development.  Graduates will be assisted to find jobs with weekly support meetings held for those who are job-seeking and in early employment.  Evaluation points for the program will be at the completion of the six-week program and then after 30 days, 6 months and 12 months following graduation.  Self-esteem, aggressiveness, participation in crime and job obtainment and retention will be measured as well as crime statistics in the neighborhood.  

The Women’s Center of Tarrant County – Play it Safe! Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program

The problem of child sexual abuse is overwhelming-in the number of children abused; in the impact on the lives of individual children; and on the negative repercussions for the community at large. A recent study conducted by the Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault at the University of Texas Austin found 22.2% of Texas girls and 10.4% of Texas boys under the age of 13 have been sexually abused (2015). In 2014, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services reported 1,558 confirmed cases of child sexual abuse in North Texas. The same year, Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth treated 449 victims of sexual abuse.  While these statistics are frightening, child sexual abuse is a gravely underreported crime, often because the child victims know their abuser (parents, family members, family friends, caregivers) and are afraid of the consequences for both themselves and the perpetrator if they tell. The same UT Austin study found that only 9% of victims report to police and only 6.4% seek medical attention. If the 449 children treated at Cook's Medical Center represents only 6.4% of child victims in 2014, then the true number could be as high as 7,000 youth.  Research documents that the consequences of sexual abuse are serious and long lasting depression, anxiety, substance abuse, PTSD, eating disorders, school drop-out, teen pregnancy, suicidal tendencies; future victimization; future abuse of own children and other criminal behavior {

Play it Safe!® is a specialized, age-appropriate child sexual abuse prevention program for children ages pre-school through 12th grade, as well as their parents, teachers and caregivers. The program is provided one classroom at a time with a curriculum that has been researched, written and scripted over 30 years by The Women's Center. Play it Safe!® prevents abuse by teaching children to identify sexually abusive behavior, and provides tools children need to be safe including specific, age appropriate actions to take in threatening situations. It also provides a safe forum for children to disclose abuse and trains care-giving adults to recognize the signs of child sexual victimization and to take the necessary steps to support a child's outcry and recovery.

YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth – Diamond Girls

Deeply rooted in the Fort Worth community for over 126 years, the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth provides resources to address the most pressing social issues in the communities we serve. Our mission is "to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all" and we do this by helping people develop the skills and relationships needed to be healthy, confident, and connected to others. Our movement is made up of people from every walk of life, all working side by- side to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to live life to its fullest. Across all YMCA programming, our vision is to prepare youth to succeed and serve while nurturing the potential of every child and teen. The mission of the YMCA motivates staff and volunteers to seek support in an effort to provide for all regardless of financial capacity. Research has proven that children in poverty exist in an income achievement gap, which can impact their futures, with poor children coming to school daily without the "capital' to be successful and often demonstrating frustration when educators don't meet their deepest needs and having their actions met with in and out of school discipline. The core of the problem is learned behaviors as many children are exposed to and repeat behaviors that increase their likelihood of being disciplined (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2005), producing what Sociologist Elijah Anderson calls the "Code of the Streets, where at an early age, children gravitate to the culture and energy of the urban area (good or bad) and where females, in the name of respect, posture, use abusive language and violence to resolve disputes and often mick the way they're negatively portrayed in the media.  The report Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Over-policed, and Under-protected, indicates that black girls are suspended six times as often as their white counterparts (12% to 2%), leaving these children behind as they lose valuable learning time and school arrest had a 26% graduation rate! Effective preventative measures can curtail student violence in ways that keep children off the "the school to prison pipeline" path, where students of color are disproportionately represented.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth is using this funding to provide mentoring services with the objective supporting efforts to increase the safety of youth and reduce juvenile crime through an effective approach to prevention and intervention programming targeting young adolescent girls with behavioral challenges. The YMCA is partnering with S.S. Dillow Elementary School and William James Middle School to give girls the tools to make positive life choices, live more productive lives and improve academically as they learn accountability, confidence and how to be peaceful problem solvers. The objective of Diamond Girls is to reduce disciplinary actions and improve appreciation for self and school. Safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments are essential to assure all children reach their full potential (CDC, 2014), and Diamond Girls will use a social justice model to help at risk females in grades 4th -81th (9-14 years old) demonstrate positive behaviors and interpersonal conduct, thereby preventing and reducing youth violence. 

Community Camera Program

Residents and businesses across the city can register their privately owned surveillance camera systems

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