GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids is looking for community members to help stop acts of violence before they happen.
From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 11, the Urban League of West Michigan is hosting interviews for those interested in working for the city’s upcoming Cure Violence program.
People can get an interview by submitting a resume and cover letter before the event to [email protected] Walk-in interviews are also welcome during this time.
Interviews will be held at the Urban League, 745 Eastern Ave. SE in the city.
Urban League intends to hire eight employees to implement the violence reduction and intervention model. There will be three violence interrupters, three outreach workers, a trauma-informed care advisor, a site supervisor and a site manager.
A full list of qualifications, responsibilities and job descriptions for the roles can be found by clicking on this link.
Cure Violence is a model for treating violence as an epidemic. The model uses methods similar to health strategies, such as detection, interruption of transmission, and behavior and norm change, to proactively address violence.
The three-pronged approach involves: anticipating where violence may occur and intervening before it occurs; identify those most exposed to violence and strive to change their behavior; and influencing social norms to discourage the use of violence.
The Urban League was approached in mid-July by elected leaders of Grand Rapids to implement and administer the program in the city.
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The City of Grand Rapids Commission moved forward with the program after a historic year of deadly violence in 2020 and numerous calls from the community, as well as some Commissioners, to implement the program as another way to fight back. proactive against violence.
Here’s a brief description of each Urban League role, but not the full list of responsibilities.
- The site manager is responsible for developing, implementing and expanding the goals of the violence interruption program at the site level.
- The site supervisor is responsible for the overall supervision of outreach workers and violence interrupters. The site supervisor assigns daily canvassing schedules and monitors database entries.
- Violence Interrupters provide conflict mediation services in the designated target area. Violence interrupters are expected to work 40 hours per week depending on site specific hours.
- Outreach workers are responsible for managing a workload of 15-20 participants to reduce risk and change behavior. Outreach workers are also responsible for connecting participants with resources.
The site manager is the only position that requires some type of secondary education, such as a bachelor’s degree. Almost all positions require experience working with at-risk youth and adults.
The total cost for the first year of the program in Grand Rapids is approximately $ 652,000, of which $ 75,000 is in Grand Rapids. Spectrum Health, which has pledged $ 300,000 for the program, is expected to pay $ 150,000 for the first year of programming.
Urban League will be responsible for raising the remaining $ 427,000 from the community.
Grand Rapids has already pledged to spend $ 75,000 per year on the program for three years, and City Manager Mark Washington previously recommended that commissioners invest an additional $ 1 million in federal funds for the program during a budgeting process later this year.
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