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City Of South Bend Awards 50 Grants To Organizations Working To Prevent Youth Violence

City of South Bend
City of South Bend

Last year, the City of South Bend’s Office of Community Initiatives announced it would award over $300,000 in grant money to local organizations working to prevent youth violence.


On Jan. 28, 50 organizations – from outreach ministries to sports programs to restorative justice initiatives – received those South Bend Alive grants. 


Moe Scott, director of community initiatives, said the review committee agreed funding several organizations would do more to “break the cycle of violence” in South Bend than giving larger grants to just one or two. 


"How about we empower the whole community to be part of the change? We believe that is the answer and the solution,” Scott said.


Recipients can use the money to develop new initiatives or to invest in their current programs. Romona Bethany, a member of the review committee, said there will be quarterly check-ins and training opportunities to make sure the grants are being used effectively.


While reduced violence is one indicator of the program’s success, Mayor James Mueller said community engagement is an even bigger one. 


“We know that the solutions to this have to come from the community," he said. "The city is going to be a willing and eager partner to assist any way that we can.”

The 50 recipients are:

  • Rise Up Academy Restorative Justice Initiative
  • Imani Unidad
  • LTIA (Let’s Turn It Around)
  • IMPower Center
  • Mamas Against Violence
  • Transformation Ministries: Iron Sharpens Iron
  • Greater Impact
  • Mentoring Moments
  • Choices for Life South Bend
  • Gentleman & Scholars, Inc.
  • Free Your Wings, Inc.
  • Emaculate Enterprise LLC
  • Connect 2 Be The Change LTD
  • Project Impact South Bend: CUC Community Commercial Kitchen
  • Future Matters
  • Ark Angels, Inc.
  • The Strong Friend
  • RHS Restorative Justice Student Leadership
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • The Beacon Resource Center
  • Justice for Michiana
  • South Bend Chapter Indiana Black Expo, Inc.
  • The Michiana Athletic and Rec. Association
  • Project Impact South Bend, Inc./Sons and Daughters of Destiny
  • Fathers First 2.0
  • Dream Builders Project, Inc.
  • Women’s Outreach Ministries: The Incubator
  • Wright Chosen Ministries
  • MLK Senior Men’s Club
  • No Sleep Neighborhood Group: Studio/Arcade
  • Big Chef Corey’s Junior Chef Program
  • Joe Wingo Group
  • Bully Me Badd
  • Ocean of Opportunity
  • Swella’s Ville
  • IMP Operations LLP
  • Gifted Genius Foundation
  • Bully Boy Entertainment
  • Scholarworkship
  • Michiana Hub
  • Faith in Indiana: Live Free South Bend
  • Underground Basketball League (UB League)
  • Legendary Era LLC
  • Silence the Violence
  • Eminence Dance
  • Induce My Purpose Inc.
  • Women Entrepreneurs Matter
  • Style Girlz Beauty Salon and Empowerment Station
  • Soldiers Volleyball
  • Ford Strong

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Gemma DiCarlo comes to Indiana by way of Athens, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2020 with a degree in Journalism and certificates in New Media and Sustainability. She has radio experience from her time as associate producer of Athens News Matters, the flagship public affairs program at WUGA-FM.
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