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Youth Pop-up Event Funding Opportunity Available

Youth Pop-up Event Funding Opportunity Available
Posted on 05/10/2021

City leaders want Aurora youth to have safe spaces and access to pro-social activities and resources this summer and fall and invite organizations interested in hosting a series of youth pop-up events to apply for available funding.

“Events like these were very successful in Aurora and Denver last summer and applauded by the community,” said Christina Amparan, Aurora’s new Youth Violence Prevention Program Manager. “As Aurora and Denver work collaboratively to approach youth violence as a public health crisis, both cities are embracing intervention-level efforts that are based on national models and best practices to prevent youth violence before it starts. We are grateful for the many community partners who help.”

The pop-up events will provide opportunities to increase connectedness to family and other caring adults, create frequent and positive shared activities with parents and other caretakers, increase involvement in pro-social activities, and increase awareness of available resources and services in Aurora.

The city recently launched the Youth Violence Prevention Program division at the Housing and Community Services Department to implement programming that will be used across different sectors to support protective community environments that reduce exposure to community-level risks. The division will soon convene the Aurora Youth Violence Prevention Action Table that will be inclusive of a multi-disciplinary group of youth, parents, city and community leaders to identify new and existing youth violence prevention strategies that are youth-led, community-informed and city-supported.

Youth across the metropolitan area have fallen victim to acts of violence at an increasing rate. In 2020, 17 homicide victims in Aurora – nearly half of the 38 total homicides in the city – were 25 years old or younger.

Organizations interested in seeking the funding to host this year’s pop-up events will need to attend a virtual information session Thursday, May 13, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. To register, please review the details on the Invitation to Apply for Funding. Proposals from organizations will be due May 26.

AuroraTV recently profiled the city’s new youth violence prevention efforts and spoke with youth who are involved and an organizer who hosted similar pop-up events last summer.

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