Cities United is a national partnership to eliminate violence-related deaths of African-American males.
Nowhere is America's crisis of violence more evident than in African-American communities, where homicide is the leading cause of death for males between the ages of 15 and 24. Yet, while there are a number of mainstream efforts underway to address America's violence epidemic, few specifically target the plight of African-American males who are the victims of violence.
Launched in 2011 under the leadership of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Cities United asks mayors to target the highest-risk neighborhoods and engage African-American males in finding solutions to end the violence. The initiative will help mayors focus on prevention rather than prosecution, intervention rather than incarceration. For mayors who join, Cities United will:
To learn how your city can join Cities United, contact Jerrilyn Black, Senior Associate for Youth Violence Prevention, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 626-3128.
Founding and Current Partners
In addition to NLC's Institute for Youth, Education and Families, philanthropic, governmental and nonprofit organizations supporting Cities United and its mission include: Open Society Foundations, Casey Family Programs, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Student Peace Alliance, Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement, G-L.A.W. Outertainment, Forum for Youth Investment, Youth in Action, Mikva Challenge, Temple University School of Medicine, CureViolence, FosterSkills, Anti-Violence Anti-Drug Network, Association of Black Foundation Executives, Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families, National Urban League and U.S. Conference of Mayors. Cities United also partners with the U.S. Department of Justice and will work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies.