The Youth Violence Reduction Partnership (YVRP) works in some of Philadelphia’s most violent police districts, including West Kensington, Harrowgate, Fairhill and Kingsessing.
It is a collaborative effort with the Philadelphia’s Offices of Adult and Juvenile probation, the Philadelphia Police Department, the Office of the District Attorney and PAAN.
We work with young people who most are most likely to kill or be killed by age 25. They are typically 14 to 24 years old, male, drug involved, have been incarcerated for a drug offense or gun charge, and are likely to have siblings in the juvenile justice system.
At the heart of our program are frequent home visits, drug treatment, organized recreation, job readiness services, school crisis intervention, as well as supported referrals for mental and behavioral health counseling for participants and their parents. .
Our street workers are also a critical part of the partnership. They link current participants to jobs, housing, healthcare and other resources, and meet with them regularly to ensure they stay on track.
As the sole community based partner, PAAN has played a major role in reducing the number of homicides and shootings within in the 12th, 24th and 25th police districts as compared to the entire city. More than 2,100 young people have participated in the program since its inception.