Safety, health and community services in west Louisville
Right Turn /ReImage Grants – Started in early 2014, with two federal grants totaling $2.25 million to match youth in the juvenile justice system with mentors, Right Turn and Right Turn 2.0 has served 500 youth. These grants spawned a pilot program, ReImage, which launched in November 2015 and now serves young adults, ages 16-24, facing adult misdemeanor charges. Three of six case managers focus in the Shawnee, Russell and Park Hill neighborhoods. At the end of FY17, ReImage had served 246 young adults and placed 100 into jobs, while 69 earned GEDs, occupational credentials or entered postsecondary education. These programs boast a recidivism rate less than 10 percent.
Building Our Blocks – Building Our Blocks (B.O.B.) was launched in September 2016 to address systemic neighborhood challenges, through a cross-functional approach to making neighborhoods clean, green, safe and inclusive. B.O.B.’s goals are to strengthen community engagement, remove barriers between community and government, and to transform lives and neighborhoods. B.O.B. has taken place in Smoketown, Russell, California, Newburg, Parkland, Auburndale, Shawnee and Algonquin. Through these eight (8) events, 300 Metro staff and community volunteers have made 700 citizen engagements, and helped clear nearly seven tons of junk and debris.
Pivot to Peace – After receiving $188,122 in funding from CHI Mission and Ministry Fund Advisory Committee, the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods and community partners launched Pivot to Peace in April 2016, an initiative to build stronger, safer neighborhoods by linking adult survivors of violent gun and knife injuries to community resources. This program enrolled 51 participants in its first year, 86% of which were not reinjured.
Metro Parks & Recreation Community Centers – Open programming sites expanded in summer 2017, adding California and Camp Edwards (formerly PCC in Sheppard Square neighborhood) centers to the existing ones at Baxter, Newburg, Parkhill, Portland and Shawnee. More than 21,000 visits were made to these sites during June and July 2017. Additionally, these sites had extended hours programming, and served more than 11,000 meals.
Zones of Hope – Zones of Hope (ZOH) is a comprehensive neighborhood-based initiative designed to change the odds for black men and boys, ages 16 to 27, in Louisville by ensuring that practices, policies and programs support and deliver more equitable outcomes. ZOH takes place in a total of five (5) community centers (Shawnee, Russell, California, Parkland
One Love Louisville Youth – The Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods (OSHN) hosted the “Youth Idea Challenge,” requesting ideas to promote youth safety from school-aged youth across the city. One of the ideas, the Ambassador Program, has expanded to more than 120 trained Ambassadors, and the Youth Team, created in 2015, is in its third cohort, with 20 youth who serve as advisors to the Mayor and OSHN.
My Brother’s Keeper – OSHN released the One Love Louisville: My Brother’s Keeper Action Plan in Summer 2015, as a strategy for improving the life outcomes of all young people to ensure that they can reach their full potential, regardless of where they come from, or the circumstances into which they are born. OSHN is developing a catalog and mapping Black Male Achievement programs and activities taking place throughout the community.
Financial Stability – Since its launch in 2010, Bank On Louisville’s financial institution partners have reported that more than 3,129 previously unbanked west Louisville residents have opened checking accounts. As of August 2017, Bank On has offered more than 791 classes to more than 10,600 participants (youth and adults) on topics such as budgeting, building credit, financial goal-setting, home equity, predatory lending and refinancing.
Healthy Babies Louisville – Launched in January 2016, Healthy Babies Louisville is a coalition comprised of leaders and key stakeholders from the city’s health systems, insurance providers and other agencies committed to driving policy change within their own organizations in order to ensure mothers and babies have better outcomes. In Healthy Start focus areas (40202, 40203, 40208, 40210, 40211 and 40212), the infant mortality rate has dropped from 16.37 deaths per 1,000 in 2010 to 10.95 deaths in 2016.