St. Joseph Regional Health Network provided Impact Initiative funding to nine local organizations in 2012 as part of the Reading Youth Violence Prevention(RYVP) program, a collaborative group ofmore than 150 local organizations working toward preventing and reducing youth violence in the City of Reading.
The funding, which was made possible by a $1 million project grant to St. Joseph from its parent organization, Catholic Health Initiatives, was awarded to agencies that clearly advance the goals of the RYVP program, said Camille Stock, Interim Vice President, Development at St. Joseph.
“We’ve awarded nine Impact Initiatives with the objective of having each grantee work through an area of the blueprint,” Stock said.
Completed and released in May 2011, the RYVP Blueprint for Action includes plans for mentoring, tutoring, community engagement and increased communication with youth, all aimed at reducing the level of violence in Reading.
The RYVP program was initiated by St. Joseph’s in 2009, when it received a planning grant from Catholic Health Initiatives. Working with Prevention Institute, a nationally known non-profit organization, RYVP coalition members identified factors that can predict and prevent youth violence, established goals for preventing youth violence in Reading and outlined strategies for implementing its Blueprint for Action.