Cities United

Cities United is a national partnership to eliminate violence-related deaths of African American males. Cities United is based on the very simple but fundamental premise that African American men and boys matter and are assets to our nation.

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 - 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.

Cities United  

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 helps mayors focus on prevention rather than prosecution, intervention rather than incarceration.

What can Cities United do for your city?

  • Supply research and other information on violence-related deaths;
  • Provide access to consultants who can assist, develop and implement solutions to violent crime;
  • Connect local officials with representatives from other cities that have implemented successful violence-reducing strategies;
  • Encourage accountability through community involvement, commitment to evidence-based practices and rigorous evaluation;
  • Coordinate annual meetings where city teams can share their challenges and successes, learn about new models and methodologies, interact with youth and leaders from other cities and allow mayors to engage in facilitated sessions with each other.

Cities United supports a national network of mayors who are committed to developing and implementing effective plans and working in partnership with community leaders, families, youth, philanthropy, government officials and other stakeholders to reduce the epidemic of homicide-related deaths and injuries among African American men and boys.

To learn how your city can join Cities United, contact Jerrilyn Black, Senior Associate for Youth Violence Prevention, at black@nlc.org or (202) 626-3128.

Founding and Current Partners

  • New Generation Foundation
  • Youth in Action Network