Family & Children’s Association (FCA) Awarded More Than $2.3 Million by NYS to Help Address Gang Violence on Long Island.
Competitive NYS Grants Provide FCA with Funding for Collaborative Community Violence Prevention and Workforce Development Programs in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
Mineola, New York, September 18, 2018 – Family & Children’s Association (FCA), a leading health and human services organization, was awarded two competitive grants totaling more than $2.3 Million. The grants include $2.25 Million for FCA to operate its Community Credible Messenger Initiative along with an additional $178,177 from the NYS Department of Labor to build on FCA’s workforce development and job training programs. The funding was announced on August 28th, 2018 and is part of NYS Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s announcement of $8.35 Million awarded to help Long Island communities combat gang activity and prevent gang recruitment.
FCA’s Community Credible Messengers Initiative will engage young people in targeted Nassau and Suffolk communities with activities and interventions aimed to further personal growth through educational opportunities and community-oriented experiences. FCA will lead the operations of the initiative which includes collaboration from Youth Enrichment Services, Inc., Visions to Opportunity, Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk County and Woman’s Opportunity Rehabilitation Center. FCA will be expected to serve 50 young people on Long Island each year.
The initiative builds on FCA’s community programs such as SNUG, an evidence-based gun violence reduction initiative that works with community residents, businesses and community-based organizations to implement coordinated strategies to reduce and prevent shootings and killings in targeted communities in the Village of Hempstead.
FCA’s job training programs will now be bolstered to reach more young people at-risk of gang recruitment and prepare them to join the workforce, significantly increasing their odds of maintaining a constructive and stable career path. The funding builds on FCA’s Vocational Education program and Learning Center which operate in Hempstead, NY among several other job training initiatives across the agency.
“Disrupting the pipelines which lead countless at-risk young people to join gangs is key to protecting and strengthening our communities”, said Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, President/CEO, FCA. Reynolds continued, “FCA’s history and reputation of community work on Long Island goes back for more than a century and we are thrilled to have the support of NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo to help further our mission. We look forward to collaborating with the partnering organizations on this initiative knowing that we all witness, firsthand, the threats and dangers gangs bring to our communities. FCA’s Community Credible Messenger Initiative and job training programs will stop at nothing to prevent gang recruitment and positively alter the course of young people’s lives to increase their odds of getting ahead.”
About Family & Children’s Association (FCA)
FCA is a not-for-profit agency helping more than 30,000 Long Islanders each year. For more than 130 years, the organization has worked to protect and strengthen vulnerable children, seniors, families and communities on Long Island.
Through an integrated network of services and counseling, FCA provides help and hope to under-served and disadvantaged individuals struggling to build better lives. The agency offers Addiction Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Services, Family Education & Support, Children’s Mental Health Services, Adult & Senior Services and Residential Care Programs.
FCA has been nationally recognized as a model of excellence, fiscally sound, well-managed and possessing an impeccable reputation in providing community-based social services. The agency embraces more than 200 individual volunteers, corporate groups, community groups and sponsors who join together to be part of something bigger than them.