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April

2024

CVIPI is a sustainable commitment from Department of Justice for systemic change and the creation of spaces where professionals from community-based organizations can build together and learn from each other and provide expertise in a productive environment.

 

The true impact is yet to come, and nothing else needs to be added or taken away.

- Terrance Staley, ACM Executive Director

ACM brings home new knowledge, best practices, and renewed commitment from CVIPI conference

Top left: Curtis Monroe and Camille Perry. Top Right: Curtis Monroe, Clayton Rosenberg and Terrance Staley. Bottom: Neka Grimes, Joseph Johnson, Curtis Monroe, Camille Perry, and Maria Brazda.

The Community Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative (CVIPI) represents a pivotal moment in our collective journey towards creating safer, more resilient communities.


It underscores the profound understanding that the fabric of public safety is woven with threads of empathy, strategic intervention, and enduring commitment to change. This initiative not only highlights the importance of innovative, community-centered approaches to violence prevention but also reaffirms our belief in the power of unity and shared purpose. As we navigate the complexities of this work, the CVIPI experience serves as a beacon, guiding us toward a future where peace and safety are accessible to all.


ACM believes this is a testament to what we can achieve together, armed with the knowledge that every intervention is a step toward healing, every prevention effort a bridge to a safer tomorrow.

Clayton Rosenberg, President, ACM

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Stopping Our Youth from Crashing Out:

ACM shows CNN how to halt the city's crime wave

Washington DC’s violent crime rate rose 39 percent last year, with the average age of those arrested a mere 15 years old. ACM Violence Interrupter and mediator Curtis Brothers understands the anger and fear that afflict his community, serving as an advocate for healing and safety on the very streets where he once opened fired at police as a young man. Other DC residents acknowledge the risks that widespread school absences and unstable homes pose for youth behavior. That's where ACM steps in to help stop our youth from "crashing out" and put them on a positive track. This news story plays after a brief commercial. It originally aired in February.

Terrance Staley and Clayton Rosenberg speak to OJJDP about how to reach troubled DC youth

At a recent presentation at LISC headquarters for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Enhancing School Capacity to Address Youth Violence Grantees Conference, ACM leadership (including Executive Director Terrance Staley and President Clayton Rosenberg, pictured above) showcased an innovative approach to discipline within DC public schools.


Instead of relying on exclusionary tactics that often fail to address underlying issues, ACM champions the use of in-school conflict resolution classes. These sessions are facilitated by trained staff and Credible Messengers, individuals who have the trust and respect of the students, and who can guide them through the process of resolving disputes constructively.


This method reflects ACM's broader philosophy: that transformative change comes from understanding and empathy. By equipping students with the tools to navigate and resolve conflicts, ACM is not only promoting peace in the present but also investing in the leaders of tomorrow. It's a commitment to nurturing a culture where every student is seen, heard, and taught to express themselves in ways that build up rather than break down their community.

ACM Success Story: Tony Kenner


Tony Kenner of Southeast DC was raised by his great grandmother. His life circumstances set him on a potentially dangerous path, but with ACM's help, he's turned his life around. Kenner credits Credible Messenger Program coordinator Stanley Jones with this change: "If it hadn't been for him, I would have been a statistic."


Now Kenner has a full-time job, is finishing high school, and has a number of college opportunities lined up.

Above: ACM's Joey Johnson encourages the work of his colleague, Credible Messenger Program Coordinator Stanley Jones. Below: Jones with success story Tony Kenner.

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