National League of Cities & Cities United

The Zones of Hope Initiative is an outcome of the Louisville Cities United Collaborative. In March 2013, Louisville’s OSHN joined the National League of Cities (NLC) and Cities United collaborative. The NLC is an organization that is “dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities.” The Cities United collaborative focuses on eliminating violence related deaths of African American men and boys. Mayor Greg Fischer, along with dozens of other mayors, joined together to target the high-risk neighborhoods in their cities and engage African American men and boys in finding solutions to end the violence in their neighborhoods.

The Zones of Hope Initiative is an organized, organic, grassroots effort to reduce violence and provide hope! This is done in partnership with the Louisville Urban League, under the leadership of CEO Ben Richmond and the Interdenominational Ministerial Coalition, under the leadership of President Reverend Vincent James.

The initiative is focused in five neighborhoods:

  • California
  • Russell
  • Newburg
  • Parkland
  • Shawnee


  1. Interrupt the culture of violence
  2. Address individual, family and community needs of African American males
  3. Affirm the value and promise of African American males through
  • Educational attainment as a pathway to self-confidence and prosperity
  • Providing frameworks to reduce and prevent violence

For more information about the Zones of Hope, click here.

For more information about the National League of Cities, click here. 

For more information about Cities United, click here. 

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