Gun Violence Reduction SNUG

Our Program

SNUG is an evidence-based gun violence reduction initiative. SNUG works with community residents, businesses and community-based organizations to implement coordinated strategies to reduce and prevent shootings and killings in community. FCA’s Violence Reduction Initiative will interrupt violence, change behaviors and change community norms for eligible individuals living in the Village of Hempstead.  Download brochure. FCA will work with community residents, businesses and community-based organizations to reduce and prevent shootings and killings by relying on Outreach workers, faith leaders and community leaders to intervene in conflicts and promote alternatives to violence. Additionally, FCA will employ men and women who live in the community to serve as credible messengers to high risk people; these individuals may have been involved in gang or criminal activity but are now seeking a ‘fresh start.’

S: Street Intervention and stopping the violence

N: National, State and local funding support

U: Use of celebrities and centers

G: Goal:  Strengthen the Community Through Partnerships SNUG is an evidence-based violence reduction initiative.

Targeted Eligibility

  • Individuals, ages 14-25 involved in high risk activities
  • Residents of the Village of Hempstead
  • Individuals with current or former gang involvement or with prior criminal history
  • Those recently released from juvenile correction facilities or prison

Core Services

  • Conflict mediation
  • Crisis intervention
  • Educational & Employment Assessment
  • Linkage to available resources

This initiative will incorporate public education campaigns and cooperation with local law enforcement, including the Hempstead Police Department. Based on a program developed in Chicago in the 90’s, the Cure Violence Health Model has shown statistically significant reductions in violence. Funding for the FCA SNUG initiative is provided by NYS Division Criminal Justice Services. S.N.U.G. is a collaborative partnership between FCA, the Nassau County District Attorney and S.T.R.O.N.G Youth, Inc. (S.N.U.G. = guns backwards)

Contact

Donna W. Raphael, Senior Director of Advocacy and Community Relations 175 Fulton Avenue Suite 505 Hempstead, NY 11550 snug@familyandchildrens.org 516-486-7690 ext. 3SNUG is an evidence-based gun violence reduction initiative. SNUG works with community residents, businesses and community-based organizations to implement coordinated strategies to reduce and prevent shootings and killings in community. FCA’s Violence Reduction Initiative will interrupt violence, change behaviors and change community norms for eligible individuals living in the Village of Hempstead.

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