Our way to help prevent recidivism and violence before it happens is by showing youth referred to us different lifestyles and ways of financially sustaining themselves in order to change their state of mind that sees no other way. It's our goal that every young person that takes part of our programs leaves with a fresh outlook on life, a positive role model and a way to cope with trauma.

Peace Through the Arts Report 2023



Risk Reduction

Enhancing Protective Factors

Positive Youth Development (PYD)


Measured by upfront intakes and periodic assessments of program activities and participant involvement

Less number of youth reoffending

Improved family and peer relationships

Gained and/or maintained employment

Improved school participation

GED, or greater, achieved

Junior Mentorships - participants can become leaders

Access to needed resources

Peace Watch

A community gun violence strategy - a coming together of proven approaches that have shown good results separately in Louisville and other cities. The idea is that interventionists work in concert with each other across neighborhoods and in support of each other. It is imperative that we try a different strategy that is collectively focused and community-centered.


Used to positively impact the levels of safety in our communities:

  • Community members trained in de-escalation & early intervention techniques.
  • Focused canvassing of neighborhoods.
  • Building neighborhood coalitions.
  • Maintaining pertinent neighborhood data.
  • Conducting bi-weekly Peace Watch community coalition strategy meetings.
  • Monitoring social media.
  • Developing a list of resources that support the activities of your group.
  • Becoming involved with existing peace initiatives.
  • Evaluating your successes.


In identified communities: Russell, Portland, California, Newburg, Shawnee, Service Providers

  • Neighborhoods that are empowered to act as their own safer community agents.
  • Organized and widespread community support for each other.
  • A reduction in shootings/homicides in each PWG area.
  • A mechanism for quicker responses to shootings/homicides.
  • Long-term and ongoing safer communities

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