Violence Prevention Peace Promotion Strategy (VPPPS)

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HISTORY

The Family-School-Community Violence Prevention Peace Promotion Strategy (VPPPS) was started in 2000 by Barry Weisberg as a pilot project to break the generational transmission of inequality, violence and poverty in four Chicago communities: North Lawndale, South Lawndale, Brighton and Archer.  It began programs in schools and communities, including a highly successful Build the Peace Summer Program.  Funding was received from a variety of State of Illinois agencies and it was housed in the Mt. Sinai Hospital .  The Chairman of the Board of Director was the Deputy Majority Leader of the Illinois General Assembly, Arthur L. Turner.  Despite a successful beginning, funding was eliminated after the attacks of September 11, 2001, on the grounds that fighting terrorism was more important than violence prevention.

 Many of the programs of the VPPPS are documented on this web page and additional documentation is available upon requests.  The programs for families, schools and communities are still available to interested parties.

Currently the VPPPS works to provide presentations and technical assistance to families, school and communities in various locations, both inside the United States and around the world. 

PURPOSE


The VPPPS is a unique, comprehensive approach to the reduction of conflict, violence, crime, poverty and racism in four Chicago community areas (North Lawndale, South Lawndale, Brighton Park, Archer Heights), serving   40,000 families and 180,000 people over five to ten years. This initiative is built on partnerships between government and non government organizations, serving every family, school, health facility and community organization that wishes to participate. The approach is to link individual development to community development, working to insure human needs and human rights. 

COMPONENTS

5-10 Year Pilot Project with Ongoing Evaluation

1- VALUES, ATTITUDES, BEHAVIORS

The core of violence prevention and peace promotion in the family, school and community is to replace the values, attitudes and behaviors of violence with those of peace - peace as a process, a way to resolve conflicts, and a way to reduce and prevent intra- personal, interpersonal and institutional violence. The center of the effort is the daily Make A Minute for Peace for schools and families.

2- COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS - EMPOWERING PEOPLE

The goal is to link individual, family and community development through working partnerships with schools, health providers, community and government organizations, then growing this into a neighborhood and eventually a community area partnership to redress violence, racism and poverty.  Projects include work on a violence prevention health protocol, community justice service center and family computers.

3- SCHOOL SUCCESS STRATEGY

A multi-faceted school strategy that includes a diagnostic of needs, formation of a school success team, Make A Minute for Peace, teacher education, school assemblies, classroom workshops, after school programs, facility design, and additional tools.

4- BUILDING PARENT BRIDGES (click to see flyer)

A multi-faceted monthly program to assist parents in building Bridges to Children, Bridges to Teachers and Bridges to the Community.

5- CHICAGO PARKS PROGRAMS

A series of programs on preventing violence, preventing racism, and family life for after school, weekends and summers.

6- BUILD THE PEACE SUMMER

An intensive summer program with students and parents to reduce the factors that undermine achievement, literacy and good behavior during the school year.

7- CHICAGO BUILD THE PEACE COALITION

An annual city wide coalition that celebrates the United Nations International Peace Day in September, linking local violence prevention and peace promotion to national and international efforts.