BOSTON – The Massachusetts chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today applauded Governor Baker and state lawmakers for increasing funds for two initiatives aimed at preventing youth violence. The programs that will receive increased funding include the Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI) and Employment for Youth At-Risk. These programs identify and invest in young people at highest risk of being involved in violence and provide them with the support they need to break the cycle of violence.
“We’re thrilled to see these local programs receive funding in next year’s budget,” said Angela Christiana, a volunteer with the Massachusetts chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Our communities have seen positive results from approaching heartbreaking gun violence through evidence-based prevention programs. We’re glad to see our legislature recognize their success and support their efforts.”
The Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI) is an effective violence intervention program with a comprehensive public health approach to violence prevention for boys and young men at the highest risk of being involved in serious violence. The Employment for Youth At-Risk program provides employment and soft skills training to young people from low-income communities with a goal of reducing juvenile delinquency.