Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Update

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Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) grant seeks to expand services at the Youth and Family Center in Columbus Square Community in St. Louis, MO.


Over the last six months, the Near North Side – Safety Plan (BCJI) team has been busy.  Along the way, the safety team developed key partnerships to support crime and violence prevention and interventions with organizations like Youth and Family Center.  The center, located at the corner of Cass and 9th street in the 63106 zip code, has a long standing history of supporting the community through educational and recreation outreach and programming.  Paul Faber, Executive Director of the Youth and Family Center, is now focused on expanding services to include a partnership with St. Louis Area on Training and Employment’s (SLATE) 24-hour high school model to have a satellite office at the Center with additional plans calling for increased community outreach and case management services. An early win under the safety plan is the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department’s agreement to increase programming at the site beginning the fall of 2017. All programming is slated to begin upon final approval by Department of Justice. 


A collection of neighborhood safety ideas provided by residents to implement on behalf of the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grant during a recent community update meeting in May 2017.


What’s next for Byrne? We will join the YFC as they host other partners and organizations for an informative breakfast meeting slated for Monday, August 14th.

For questions and updates on the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grant, direct them to the Byrne Grant Coordinator, Reyna Spencer –



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