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HYFC Receives MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Award

   Mario Costantini, of the HFYC Board of Directors, accepts the MetLife Foundation Award for Excellence
   in Gang Prevention and Youth Safety.  

The Holton Youth + Family Center (HYFC) was one of 11 groups nationally to be honored with the 2014 MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership AwardThe award, which is adminsiterd by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) recognizes outstanding innovations in crime prevention with measurable results.

Two other Milwaukee organizations, Riverworks Development Corp. and United Methodist Children’s Services on behalf of Washington Park Partners, also received the award. This is the first time, since the awards were founded in 2002, that one city has received three MetLife Foundation Awards in a single year,  More than 560 police departments and community organizations around the country applied for the recognition; 

LISC Milwaukee presented the awards to HYFC and Riverworks Development Corp. on Ocotober 30, 2014. Both organizations work to promote neighborhood revitalization and safety in the Harambee and Riverwest neighborhoods. HYFC received the MetLife Foundation Award for Excellence in Gang Prevention and Youth Safety.  Riverworks received the MetLife Foundation Award for Neighborhood Revitalization. Speakers included Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee Police Department Chief Edward Flynn. 

HYFC, through its collaborative partnerships, particularly on the Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) effort with the Medical College of Wisconsin, has worked to research, identify, and implement comprehensive neighborhood-based approaches to reducing youth violence in Milwaukee’s central city.The Harambee & Riverwest neighborhoods have been the focus of sustained, deep collaborations between Milwaukee Police Department District 5 and its community based partners for a number of years.  Riverworks Development Corp. works to intentionally incorporate its law enforcement partners into discussions relating to neighborhood development opportunities, nuisance abatement and resident engagement. 


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