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Baltimore mayor's office announces $375K for partners in pre-arrest youth diversion program

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BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (MONSE) on Friday announced $375,000 in funding for eight service providers for a program that aims to respond to the needs of the city's youth. 

The providers are Baltimore-based community organizations that will give services to youth and families referred by the SideStep pre-arrest youth diversion program. 

 "SideStep is about ensuring that our young people grow up safe, alive, and free," said Shantay Jackson, the executive director of MONSE. "We have a responsibility to support young people in Baltimore as they learn and grow on their journey to adulthood. Together, with our community-based partners and thanks to Mayor Scott's commitment, we are taking on that work as a community."

Here are the recipients and their rewards, as provided by MONSE: 

  • AZIZA PE&CE: $50,000
  • Baltimore Safe Haven: $50,000
  • Baltimore Youth Arts: $50,000
  • Dream Bigger Community Institute: $25,000
  • Holistic Life Foundation: $50,000
  • Islamic Leadership Institute of America Inc.: $50,000
  • Roberta's House: $50,000
  • Tendea Family: $50,000

The program is presented as an alternative to the formal justice system and aims to provide transformative assistance to youth, the mayor's office said. 

MONSE, community-based organizations, the Baltimore Police Department, and the Department of Juvenile Services are partnered in the program, which was developed by young people in West Baltimore and justice system partners.

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