Mayor Williams Announces City to Participate in Cure Violence Learning Exchange Program

Posted on  03/10/2014 5:16 pm

Mayor Dennis P. Williams announced today, that he will send the Department of Parks and Recreation Deputy Director, Shawn Allen, to attend the Cure Violence Learning Exchange program in Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday, March 19 through Thursday, March 20, 2014. 

The Cure Violence model takes a public health approach to violence prevention using disease control methods. The model uses a three-prong approach to prevent violence: interrupt transmission, identify and change the thinking of highest potential transmitters and change group norms. Multiple evaluations have shown the successful impact of the Cure Violence model in reducing shootings, violent confrontations, and killings in multiple cities across the United States including: Chicago,  New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore.

 “I am committed to using a community based approach to fighting gun violence in the City of Wilmington,” said Mayor Williams. “The Cure Violence Learning Exchange program is a great opportunity for the City to explore bringing this model to Wilmington. Shawn will have the opportunity to learn how Cure Violence has been successful in other cities, and how we hopefully, implement its innovative techniques here.”

Deputy Director Allen has more than 20 years experience working with at-risk youth. He has served as a program director for Youth Moving Forward and the State of Delaware’s Back on Track Program.  He has also worked with Temple University’s Cradle to the Grave Prevention Program. In addition to his work experience, Deputy Director Allen has earned various certifications in gang and gun prevention curriculums.   

“I look forward to having the opportunity to learn more about the Cure Violence model, and how we could potentially bring it to the City of Wilmington,” said Deputy Director Allen. “Under Mayor Williams, the Department of Parks and Recreation is committed to searching for new methods of preventing violence in our neighborhoods and effectively reducing the number of shootings and violent altercations in our City.”

The Learning Exchange program will address various topics including: behavioral change, Cease Fire hospital response, relationships with law enforcement, meetings with violence interrupters and implementation planning.