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Congressman Bobby Scott

Representing the 3rd District of Virginia

Scott Commends Newport News on Community-Based Violence Prevention Program Grant Award

September 23, 2013
Press Release

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Today, Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, the Ranking Democratic Member on the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, joined Newport News Mayor McKinley Price, and Robert Listenbee, Jr., the Administrator of the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, in announcing that the City of Newport News has been awarded a Community-Based Violence Prevention Program grant.

The Community-Based Violence Prevention Program provides funding for localities to support federal, state, and local partnerships to replicate proven multi-disciplinary, community-based strategies to reduce violence. Newport News will use the grant to help fund an expansion of the City's Targeted Outreach Program (TOP), which is a community-based collaborative youth violence prevention initiative. TOP provides comprehensive resources and prevention services to youth and their families in an effort to engage and empower them to make positive contributions to their families and communities.

"I am very pleased that Newport News has been awarded a Community-Based Violence Prevention Program grant," commented Rep. Scott. "This funding will assist the city in expanding a successful program that helps the most at-risk young people in our community stay on the right track by engaging a wide range of community stakeholders toward reducing crime and youth violence. This community-based approach has been shown to work time and time again. Numerous studies have predicted an average cost savings of $3 to $5 for each one dollar invested in evidence-based prevention and intervention initiatives. That is why Congressman Walter Jones and I have introduced the Youth PROMISE Act in Congress, which will greatly expand the availability of funding for successful, evidence-based programs like the TOP program here in Newport News. We shouldn't wait to respond to crime when we have reams of science and evidence to show that evidence-based programs applied in a comprehensive and collaborative manner, as the Youth PROMISE Act calls for, will help save lives, taxpayers, our children and society from the ravages and enormous costs of crime. Today's modest, but important, investment from the federal government will do just that here in Newport News."

To learn more about the Youth PROMISE Act, please visit: www.bobbyscott.house.gov/ypa. To learn more about Newport News's Targeted Outreach Program, please visit: www.nngov.com/human-services/social-services/resources/targeted_outreach.

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