Governor Hochul and his administration worked with local leaders across the state to identify the most effective use of gun violence prevention funds in each community. Funding has been provided to support three gun violence prevention programs.
Vocational training and placement
New York grants $ 16 million to local workforce development councils to fund workforce training and job placement programs in the 20 cities most affected by gun violence in the state from New York. The programs were designed and reviewed by local leaders to provide skills training, accreditation and work placement services to connect at-risk youth to permanent, well-paying jobs. Unemployed, underemployed and out of school youth aged 18-24 in areas of cities affected by gun violence will be eligible. This is in addition to the $ 12 million already awarded to the Consortium for Worker Education to facilitate similar programs for young people in New York City. Interested young people can find out more and connect to these programs here.
New York is providing $ 5.7 million in grants to deliver sports, arts, civic engagement, skills development and recreation programs in communities facing high gun violence. These after-school and weekend programs will provide young people with safe and rewarding activities in their community. The programs were recommended by county leaders and legislative authorities in each community.
Additional staffing for community-based gun violence response organizations
New York is providing $ 2 million to gun violence response programs across the state to hire and train 39 new street workers and violence interrupters. This funding will enable successful community-based firearms response programs to grow their staff of credible messengers, who engage and mentor at-risk youth, organize community events, work to distance youth from gun violence, and respond to violence. shootings to prevent retaliation. . Additional awards for hiring new outreach workers and switches will be awarded in the coming weeks.