WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (March 19, 2018) --
The City of West Palm Beach will participate in Cities United’s first annual Roadmap to Safe, Healthy & Hopeful Communities Academy, partnering with mayors and city leaders from across the country, to enhance strategies to counter violence, that will establish safer, healthier and more hopeful cities for everyone. The Roadmap Academy is a year-long engagement with invited mayors, their teams and community partners and is designed to provide the coaching and capacity building needed to enhance comprehensive public safety plans in each city. The Academy will provide hands-on opportunities to share promising practices, to exchange data and case studies and to implement a plan to reduce violence and improve life outcomes for young black men and boys.
Cities United is a growing, national network of more than 100 mayors established to cut the homicide rate that affects young black men and boys in half by the year 2025. The mayors involved in Cities United bring together all corners of the community—city agencies, businesses, faith leaders, public safety officials, community members and young people most impacted by violence—to implement a comprehensive strategy to countering violence.
Mayors and city leaders are uniquely positioned to develop and lead comprehensive approaches to addressing violence that are grounded in social justice, equity, youth voice, collaboration and innovation – while also investing resources into quality education, building an inclusive economy and engaging youth and families as part of the solution.
The Roadmap Academy is designed to help cities focus their process and provides steps that will help cities engage stakeholders from all walks of life, focusing on those most impacted by community violence.
“I am so pleased that the City of West Palm Beach is working with Cities United and Roadmap Academy to enhance the City’s strategy to counter violence, which is so crucial for everyone in our city, particularly young men and boys who are African American or black,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio.
The City’s participation in the Academy will enhance its already robust public safety and community outreach strategy under the Mayor’s Village Initiative, a key priority of Mayor Jeri Muoio. The Mayor’s Village Initiative aims to improve the lives of young black men and boys particularly in the City’s Historic Northwest and surrounding neighborhoods. Facilitated by Kevin Jones, Coordinator of Community Initiatives in the Office of Mayor Jeri Muoio, the Mayor’s Village Initiative includes, but is not limited to, these programs:
- Community and Police dialogues;
- Kids and Cops Workshop;
- Neighborhood Accountability Board (NAB);
- Operation Youth Violence: Reduction, Intervention and Prevention;
- Workforce Development Program;
- And Peace in the Streets Neighborhood Engagement Walks.
“We need a new blueprint for 21st century public safety that lights a path to real hope and opportunity for all young people,” said Anthony Smith, Executive Director of Cities United. “We’re excited to launch the new Roadmap Academy to provide a practical forum for mayors and city leaders to accelerate their city-level comprehensive public safety plans that will tackle all the interlocking factors that allow shootings and homicides to persist in our communities.”
During the Academy, mayors, city leaders and community partners will participate in:
- A week-long Planning Lab
- City-level assessments
- Team and one-on-one coaching, content from experts and peer-to-peer networking
- Mayors’-only meetings to highlight what’s working
- 5th Annual Convening in Knoxville, TN
- Showcase and exchange of comprehensive public safety plans