Backed by $3.5 million grant, Mobile seeks to stem youth violence
By Lawrence Specker | firstname.lastname@example.org
Public school, police and university officials came together Wednesday in Mobile to launch a five-year youth violence initiative funded by a $3.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.
Principal partners in the effort are the University of South Alabama, the Mobile County Public School System and the Mobile Police Department. They hope to create “a national model for youth violence prevention” through the SOAR program, a name that stands for Strengthening Opportunities for Achievement and Resilience. Over the next few years, it will be sequentially implemented at four Mobile County middle schools.