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Street Level Gang Outreach Grant Program
The Street Level Gang Outreach Program, established in 2009, funds three nonprofit organizations that reach out to gang-affected young people and their families.
The program is based upon the best practice models recommended by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Administration: Boston Streetwork Program and Chicago Ceasefire Program. Grant funding is active, and all grantee positions are filled.
Gang Impacted Family Team
The Gang Impacted Family Team (GIFT) Coordinator Grant, established in 2013, works with a number of governmental and nonprofit organizations — including city, county, state and private nonprofit partners — to break youths' generational ties to gang activity, which can stem back generations. It is based upon the Cincinatti Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV) best practice model.
Funding for this program comes from a Title II Formula Grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, to the State Youth Development Council. Grant funding is active and the single grantee position is filled.
Black Male Achievement
The Black Male Achievement Portland Technical Services Grant was one of 11 awarded to cities nationwide in April 2013. The National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families selected the cities to receive assistance as they work to reduce disparities between black males and their peers.
Portland’s BMA program is sponsored directly through the Mayor’s Office; it was initially facilitated by Office of Youth Violence Prevention, and is now housed in the Office of Equity and Human Rights — both in Mayor Charlie Hales' portfolio.
BMA Portland is an umbrella entity of over 20 entities, including City and County services, private for profit, private non-profit organizations and community. Following a two-year process of community engagement and visioning facilitated by OYVP, the black men who comprise BMA act as convener, facilitator, policy guide, and collective voice to push for change for the betterment of black men and boys.