Safe & Sound, Inc. announced today that it is seeking proposals from Milwaukee nonprofit organizations as part of its Safe Places Initiative. Safe Places are after school programs that are expected to support the crime and drug use prevention and reduction mission of Safe & Sound, serving children and youth ages 10-19.
Safe Places must operate at least a five-day-a-week / three-hour-a-day program directly after school ends. These are the peak crime hours when youth are most vulnerable to crime – either as victims or as offenders. The expectation is that these programs will enroll a group of children or youth who will attend daily during the school year. Programs may elect to extend their hours into the evening, particularly when serving older adolescents, and for weekdays during the regular school year when classes are not in session. Some weekend programming is available, and all centers offer summer programming.
This is the 14th year that Safe & Sound has offered Safe Places within most of its targeted high-crime neighborhoods. Safe Places are operated by qualified youth-serving agencies, and can be located within diverse facilities, including the space of nonprofit organizations, public recreation or community centers, school sites, faith-based facilities, or other non-school sites that are safe and accessible to youth.
The following timetable can guide organizations seeking funds:
August 30, 2011 – Grant application available on website
September 9, 2011 – Technical Assistance Workshop
September 30, 2011 – Grant applications due to Safe & Sound