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In June, three men opened fire outside a nightclub on Hamilton Street, one of the main arterials through the heart of downtown, and shot 10 people.
By the end of the summer, 20 more people had been shot. For Batts and his organization, the question of how to end violence seemed best answered by those most directly affected by it. That meant enlisting the perspectives of both survivors and perpetrators of gun violence, and then giving them roles in actively stopping it.
The goal was to find ways to address underlying forces that contribute to violence — job loss, fear of eviction, grief. Before he took over Promise Neighborhoods Persian datingBatts had earned his doctorate in health sciences with a focus on public epidemiology and had worked on a long-term federal grant to help identify ways to help people who were disproportionately high users of medical programs Women seeking casual sex Munnsville their reliance on services while improving their health and well-being.
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Over the course of that project, he had come to believe that letting people tell their own stories, listening carefully to their narratives, was the best way to develop effective strategies for change. Batts was also formerly incarcerated, having served four years of a year prison sentence on drug charges.
His program does a lot of things, including literally picking people up off the street and connecting them with housing and jobs, and running intensive leadership development programs to help members of the community step into high-profile local positions — some of them formerly incarcerated, like Rivera— alongside top high school students and resettled refugees.
As Covid took hold, Promise Neighborhoods quickly pivoted from its focus on ending violence to saving lives by blocking the virus. As late as March, many of the black churches in Allentown had continued holding services. Batts knew of young people who had gone to Florida for spring break.
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McNear, a second-generation gang member, has focused on channeling his leadership skills into business and politics.
Pas Simpson runs the Zero Youth Violence Program for Promise Neighborhoods and recruits young men to use their influence to heal the community. As he raged, Batts and Simpson simply listened. Beneath the raised voice and the threats, another story was unspooling, one about his own childhood, much of it spent in foster care, where he had been Adult wants real sex Concord Virginia and abused.