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Mayor and Superintendent announce new community microgrants partnership to help end youth violence

Denver - Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Denver Public Schools (DPS) Superintendent Susana Cordova today announced the city will be matching the district’s $100,000 commitment – for a total of $200,000 – in new microgrant funding to engage community partners in the effort to help end youth violence in Denver. The city will also be waiving event fees for funded programs that may occur in city facilities, including recreation centers and parks.

“Keeping all of Denver’s young people healthy and safe is one of our most important duties as a school district and as a city. With summer quickly approaching, we have an opportunity to get resources out into the community to support enhanced programming in partnership with Denver Public Schools,” Mayor Hancock said. “This is one more step in the city’s commitment to not only reduce youth violence, but enrich the lives our young people.”

“We knew we could count on the city to join us in funding the solutions that will help put an end to youth violence,” said Superintendent Cordova. “This matched funding expands our scope and gets us closer to creating the safe communities our youth deserve.”

The release of the microgrants is done in partnership with DPS, which recently released the Application for Extra-Curricular, Well-Being, or Academic Opportunities for Students grant which will provide additional funding to schools to enhance or expand school-based services through the end of the 2019-20 school year. Through their program, teachers and principals could apply for up to $5,000 to support youth programming. Denver’s microgrants will be funded through the Department of Public Safety Youth Programs to boost summer engagement services for youth. Teachers, principals, community organizations and community members can apply for up to $10,000 from Denver’s Public Safety Youth Programs to offer safe and healthy activities for students. DPS and Denver are seeking to fund afterschool programs, pop-up community events, additional support staff, extracurricular educational opportunities, trips to explore the great outdoors and other activities to promote safe and healthy youth development.

“I was the beneficiary of a micro grant when I was a DPS student, and I believe in the power of positive community experiences to shape young people. We are happy to partner with DPS in this effort,” said Murphy Robinson, interim Executive Director of Public Safety.

The application period to apply for a Public Safety Youth Programs grant is March 1 – 27, and funds must be used to support direct program services for youth ages 12-18 during May 15 – August 31, 2020. To learn more about grants and to apply, click here. For questions, email Safety-microgrants@denvergov.org.  

In an effort to address concerns from residents, including youth, Mayor Hancock convened the Youth Violence Prevention Action Table (YVPAT) with the purpose of aligning city efforts to enhance existing youth violence prevention strategies and identify additional strategies to reduce levels of youth violence. Through following a public health approach to addressing youth violence, this microgrant partnership is the next actionable item resulting from the YVPAT’s work.

Recent “End Youth Violence” announcements and community conversations:

Mayor Hancock Announces Gun Lock Giveaway to Help End Youth Violence

Mayor Hancock's Community Call: Youth Gun Violence, Jan. 27, 2020

The Rest of the Story: Young People Discuss Violence Happening in Their Communities

The Rest of the Story: Youth Gun Violence in Denver, A Conversation with Youth Advocates

DPS Hires Longtime Community Leader to Strengthen Support Services and Safety Efforts

Resources for Dealing with Gangs, Gun Violence and Trauma