Violence Intervention & Prevention (VIP) Initiative
Grove Hall Peace Council: Meets last Wednesday of every month, except on holidays, August and December.
Meets 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Family Resource Room at the Lilia G. Fredrick Pilot Middle School. For further info contact Nicole N. Flynt at Project R.I.G.H.T. (617)-541-5454 ext 105
Bowdoin Geneva VIP: Meets 1st Wednesday of every month, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Bowdoin Street Health Center. Call Susan Young, Bowdoin/Geneva VIP coordinator at (617) 754-0023 for more information or email Syoung4@bidmc.harvard.edu.
The Violence Intervention & Prevention (VIP) Initiative aims to prevent violence and promote positive youth development in the City of Boston through a commitment to active and genuine collaboration between youth, residents, community organizations, and city agencies. VIP seeks to implement conflict resolution and peer mediation skills training in schools and community centers, develop a youth-driven social marketing campaign, support community mobilization efforts in five high-need neighborhoods, and ensure access to out-of-school time opportunities for youth.
The neighborhoods are: Bowdoin St. / Geneva Ave.; Grove Hall; Morton St. / Norfolk St.; Orchard Gardens and ----?
City of Boston, Boston Public Health Commission, Bowdoin Street Health Center (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center), Dorchester Safe Neighborhood Initiative (SNI),
Contact the Office of Neighborhood Services to learn about Violence Prevention in your community.
Do you want to get your child into safe after school programs?
- Call the Boston Centers for Youth and Families at (617)-635-4920
Are you concerned about a student who is skipping school or has dropped out?
- Call the Boston Public Schools Alternative Education Department at (617)-635-8035.
Are you looking for a job for youth or adults?
- For youth, call Youth Opportunity Boston at 617-541-5224.
- For adults, call Boston Career Link at 617-536-1888.
Do you need health insurance, want to find a doctor or have a health question?
- Call The Mayor's Health Line at 617-534-5050. We speak your language and the call is confidential.
Do you want to make your streets clean and safe?
- Call the Mayor's 24-hour Hotline at 617-635-4500 or submit a request on-line. They can help people fix problems in their neighborhoods.
- If you or anyone you know learns of a hidden weapon, you can call theBoston Police Department's Tipline at 1-800-494-TIPS or use your cell phone to text message a tip anytime, anywhere. Just text "T-I-P" to CRIME or the number 27463.
Do you want help with a tight budget?
- If you are at risk for homelessness or if you are having trouble providing food for your household, call the Shelter Commission at (617)-635-4507.
- If you are at risk of having no heat in your home, call the No Heat Line at (617)-635-5322.
- If you are a homeowner facing foreclosure on your home, contact theDepartment of Neighborhood Development at (617)-635-3880
- If you are a renter and are having major difficulties with your landlord, contact the Rental Housing Resource Center at (617)-635-4200
- If you need help with your taxes, call Boston Tax Help at 617-918-5275
- Neighborhood Peace Councils: Residents can join with local business, community leaders and city department staff to identify and address safety concerns
- BPHC youth development specialists in each neighborhood assist w/ the coordination of social support services for youth and their families
- Health Centers in targeted communities serve as nexuses for anti-violence programming
- Liasions at various city departments respond to identified community concerns.