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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 24, 2007

City seeks staff for AIM4PEACE violence prevention initiative

The City of Kansas City, Mo., is looking to fill 12 positions for the AIM4PEACE: Community Mediation Program. Positions include a program coordinator and intervention and outreach workers. AIM4PEACE is a comprehensive public health strategy designed to reduce violence by supporting people who are active in their communities and by connecting residents to basic services.

AIM4PEACE builds on the City’s efforts to revitalize the 3rd and 5th districts through neighborhood improvements, capital projects and economic stimuli. The goal of AIM4PEACE is to begin efforts to reduce the crime rates in the 3rd and 5th districts, where 78 percent of the city’s violent crimes occur in just 9 percent of the city’s total area.

AIM4PEACE workers will engage high-risk individuals ages 16-40. The workers will connect with persons who may have a history of criminal activity and/or gang involvement to assist in defusing any potential harmful actions against others.

Position recruitment is from Aug. 24 to Sept. 10. Qualified applicants will be interviewed for immediate employment. The successful candidates will receive program training in operational and management procedures, crisis intervention, mediation certification and resource development.

AIM4PEACE also is attempting to contract with community-based organizations to coordinate responses in the target areas. These partnerships will seek to increase connectedness to the community, participation in problem-solving programs and promotion of self-sufficiency. Responses are an opportunity to encourage residents to come together to speak with one voice against shootings and all other forms of violence, as well as bringing awareness of better ways to resolve conflicts.

For more information, contact Tracie McClendon, Community Justice Program, (816) 513-3886; apply online at www.kcmo.org/aim4peace; or apply in person at the fourth floor of City Hall.

    
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