Youth Advocate Programs

Guiding Violence Interruption Programs through Data Collection and Community Engagement

Charlotte, NC

In communities of color, residents are less likely to call the police when violence occurs because of long-standing mistrust of law enforcement. Pervasive systemic factors such as inequities in available resources and poor treatment and abuse from law enforcement fuel residents’ hesitancy to contact the police if help is needed. As a result, violence often goes unreported in the communities that experience it most, and this is especially true of gun violence. Incidents of gun violence where someone is shot but not injured or killed are typically not measured and recorded. This lack of data undermines community efforts to understand violence and promote healing from trauma.

With Catalyst Grant funding, Youth Advocate Programs will hire a research/data analyst to use existing and new data to interrupt the cycle of gun-related violence in Charlotte, North Carolina, and better inform the city’s Cure Violence Program. The analyst will collect data from residents on unreported shootings to more accurately capture the extent of gun violence in Charlotte’s most underserved neighborhoods where Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color live. The data analyst will also examine these and other relevant data to deploy and evaluate its violence interruption programs and better deploy violence interruption advocates to prevent violence and reduce involvement in the justice system.