The Gang Mediation Initiative
Engages youth involved in a shooting, or other violence, to determine the root cause of the conflict. BTPC staff builds trusting relationships between the individuals/gang members, mediate discussions between warring parties, and negotiate long-term cease fires and now, we link youth to the services they need to rebuild their lives, re-kindle hope and leave their gang life in the past.
The Community Cluster
Approach to positive youth development: a) engages key stakeholders in resolving community problems, and b) provides access to services and the follow-up and coaching youth need to transition out of gang or high risk cultures an into more promising life-styles.
BTPC trains Coalition members and organizes faith-and community-based leaders to host community gatherings and to walk through “hot-spots” (areas of high rates of violence identified by the police) to develop relationships between residents, churches and nonprofits to diffuse tensions, enable residents to meet each other and to build trusting relationships with BTPC staff.
Voices 4 Peace
Is a joint project bringing both BTPC’s and BMA’s civic engagement efforts together, through community planning and an organizing effort conducted through BTPC’s monthly meetings, where information gathered from law enforcement agencies and social service organizations enables Coalition members to discuss trends and areas of concerns in the City of Boston. This process not only provides faith and community leaders with information, it also provides a “voice” for youth and community residents to participate in the process of planning peaceful solutions to youth violence in their neighborhoods.