SLAM GUN VIOLENCE

submission by WAGV
SLAM GUN VIOLENCE

Organization Name

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WOMEN AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE

Website

HTTP://WWW.WAGV.ORG

Indicator

Please select the one indicator that is most relevant to your project or organization: Public Safety

What is your idea and how will it impact your indicator?

Statistics show that youth who witness or are directly affected by gun violence have an increased risk of perpetrating violence. Our project, SLAM GUN VIOLENCE, gives youth an opportunity to express their grief, fear, and isolation through the creative process of slam poetry instead of through more violence.

What are some of your organization’s most important achievements to date?

Women Against Gun Violence has been around since 1993 working to prevent gun violence in Los Angeles City and County. We have done this work through storytelling. Our Speakers Bureau members, gun violence survivors themselves, share their stories with students throughout Los Angeles Unified School District so that youth can see the actual tragedy of gun violence. Our Speakers Bureau members also share their stories with policymakers to encourage change in our gun regulations. We were included in Vice President Biden's meetings in January 2013 where our Speakers Bureau format was considered part of a national solution.

Please identify any partners or collaborators who will work with you on this project.

We are hopeful that Nikki Blak, the recipient of the 2005 World Stage/UCLA Literary Scholarship, will be our Artistic Director. Nikki has been a member of the 2006 Los Angeles, 2007 Hollywood, and 2008 San Diego Slam Teams. In 2010, she earned the title of Los Angeles Grand Slam Champion and was a member of the LA Slam Team, which she also co-slam mastered and coached. Last year, she revisited her role as co-slam master, coach, and member of the 2011 LA and member of the 2011 LA Slam team.

We are also in discussions with Santa Monica Sam, a rapper who has rapped about gun violence, to oversee the production of performances.

Please explain how you will evaluate your project. How will you measure success?

We will have several methods of evaluation.
1. Number of youth at beginning of project compared to number of youth at end of project
2. Number of youth in the program who are categorized as high-risk who are able to avoid direct gun violence during the year of the program.
3. Number of youth involved in program who see improvement in grades and attendance at school
4. Number of youth in the program who refer others to the program

How will your project benefit Los Angeles? Please be specific.

At risk youth who are survivors of gun violence -- either shot themselves or lost someone to gun violence -- will be given an opportunity to channel their anger and grief into a medium, Slam Poetry, instead of channeling their anger into more violence. At the same time, Los Angeles will benefit from the artistic contributions of its youth and can become a national model for gun violence intervention.

What would success look like in the year 2050 regarding your indicator?

Youth would be participating in the cultural experience of Slam Poetry and the continuing program of SLAM GUN VIOLENCE instead of resorting to gun violence to express their feelings of anger and isolation. Youth would be staying in school, improving their grades, encouraging others to do the same. Gun violence would continue to decrease. And SLAM GUN VIOLENCE would become a national model!

Discussion
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Great program! I support it 200%!! Hope everyone does!

by Marlys
about 1 year ago | Reply

SLAM DOWN YOUR GUNS!

by JeremyPadilla
about 1 year ago | Reply

We need programs just like this one! I hope everyone votes for Slam Gun Violence!!

by RyanLion
about 1 year ago | Reply

Excited about this project! Love Nikki!

by Funstuff
about 1 year ago | Reply

Women Against Gun Violence has been doing important work in our community for almost 20 years! I'm proud to support them!

by StephanieSupportsWAGV
about 1 year ago | Reply

Great program. Hope you get it!

by JackGarnet
about 1 year ago | Reply

Great idea that deserves to be funded

by Mark Kirchner
about 1 year ago | Reply

Best of luck to WAGV! :)

by Jackie Hawken
about 1 year ago | Reply

Go Women Against Gun Violence! My vote is in.

by Troy Thompson
about 1 year ago | Reply

Hope WAGV wins this grant. They are a wonderful organization that is doing a wonderful thing. Crossing my fingers for their success!

by Chantel C
about 1 year ago | Reply

Hope this idea gets funded. WAGV is doing a great thing.

by Joseph Stephens
about 1 year ago | Reply

Hope this idea gets funded. WAGV is doing a great thing.

by Joseph Stephens
about 1 year ago | Reply

Hope this organization wins! They deserve it!!!

by Alexandra Johnson
about 1 year ago | Reply

Very creative idea!

by Sammy Rogers
about 1 year ago | Reply

Very creative idea!

by Sammy Rogers
about 1 year ago | Reply

Very creative idea!

by Sammy Rogers
about 1 year ago | Reply

Very creative idea!

by Sammy Rogers
about 1 year ago | Reply

Very creative idea!

by Sammy Rogers
about 1 year ago | Reply

Very creative idea!

by Sammy Rogers
about 1 year ago | Reply

Yay WAGV!

by Wendy Loves WAGV
about 1 year ago | Reply

Good luck!!! This project is awesome!!!!!!

by Max Reyes
about 1 year ago | Reply

When my brother was killed, Women Against Gun Violence helped me get my story out. They saved my life! I hope they get a chance to do it for others.

by BessPauline
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you Bess for sharing your story to help make our city safer!

by MaggieWAGV
about 1 year ago | Reply

Hope this program gets a grant. There's a lot of anger out there that can be turned into creativity and that will make Los Angeles a better place!

by Sam_Sern
about 1 year ago | Reply

Saw Nikki Blak perform her poetry about her nephew who was lost to gun violence. She is amazing! Can't wait to have her teach me how to tell my story.

by margot.bennett.9
about 1 year ago | Reply

Best of luck to you!

by Morenah
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you!

by WAGV
about 1 year ago | Reply

Sounds wonderful. I hope it gets funded. Youth need alternative ways to deal with problems. We need to be teaching them coping skills that build their resiliency to deal with life's difficulties and grief. I hope there will be good, strong, caring adults involved in making this happen and setting a good example as well. Thank you for seeking to help heal the grief and despair our youth feel. Hopefully, through this project youth will feel a sense of community to guide them as they grow into young adults.

by linda.marten.5
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you so much for your kind comments!

by WAGV
about 1 year ago | Reply

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$1,000,000 in total grants
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Submission Began
Tuesday, February 26

Submission Ended
Thursday, March 28
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Tuesday, April 02

Voting Ended
Wednesday, April 17
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Winner Announced
Wednesday, May 08

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