ON-Lion Letter
In six Milwaukee public high schools where a Violence-Free Zone (VFZ) was created last Fall, fighting, gang activity, and class disruptions are down approximately 25% from the same months of the previous year, according to the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise (CNE) in Washington, D.C.

The Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) system, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, and other local foundations have partnered in support of bringing the VFZ initiative to the city.  With U.S. Department of Education funding, it will expand to a seventh MPS school this Spring.

CNE's VFZ model employs trusted youth advisors to mediate conflict, promote strong moral character, provide employment assistance, and help transform young people from destructive gang warriors into purposeful community builders. 

The Milwaukee program has 41 advisors, who are trained by the Running Rebels Community Organization and the Latino Community Center (LCC).  More than 700 students participate.

The initiative is already significantly reducing youth violence in over 20 other schools nationwide -- with sites in Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, D.C., and Prince George’s County, Md.

Bradley supports CNE, Running Rebels, and LCC.
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