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Implementing Community Based Violence Intervention Strategies
A 5-part webinar series which will deliver information on a wide range of issues important to successfully implementing CVI strategies. Using the BJA CVI Checklist as a framework, the series will walk through the stages of planning and implementation of CVI strategies and take a deeper dive into several important issues. For more information about the webinar series and for a list of speakers, visit https://bjatta.bja.ojp.gov/content/community-violence-intervention-cvi

September 14 - Bringing a Folding Chair: Planning for Community Violence Intervention and Prevention

October 12 - Elevating the work of CVI: The importance of collaboration in public safety (speaker list below)

November 9 - Trauma-responsive CVI practice: What does it mean and what does it look like?

December 14 - Promoting CVI Success: Meaningful Measures and Effective Communication

January 11 - Sustaining the CVI Ecosystem: Sources of funding for CVI strategies

Please send any questions to bjanttac@usdoj.gov.
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Robert David, Sr.
Gang Violence and Prevention Coordinator @Project Imagine
Robert David, Sr., has been employed as a youth and gang violence prevention coordinator for the City of Danville, Virginia, since June 2018. Previously, Mr. David was employed as a juvenile court counselor for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and as a probation/parole officer for Richmond County, North Carolina. In addition, he is a life and recovery coach and owner of David Management, LLC. Mr. David has many years of experience working with gang-involved and at-risk youth as well as being a recognized motivational speaker. Mr. David is pursuing his doctor of philosophy degree at Grand Canyon University, where he earned two master’s degrees. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Catawba College.
Celeste Wojtalewicz, PhD
Senior Research Associate @Institute for Intergovernmental Research
Dr. Celeste Wojtalewicz is a senior research associate with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR), where she leverages her extensive experience in youth, family, and community sciences in her current role in IIR’s Youth and Community Justice Initiatives. In prior roles, Dr. Wojtalewicz has served as a social research scientist in a multidisciplinary USAID project in Haiti and as the director of one of the original OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model sites, based in Riverside, California, which was recognized nationally for its fidelity to the Model. Dr. Wojtalewicz holds a doctor of philosophy degree in interdisciplinary ecology from the University of Florida. Dr. Wojtalewicz has been honored as a Fulbright-Hays Fellow; as a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the Department of Community Services in Gainesville, Florida; and as a Purple Heart Award nominee by the Florida Service Provider Network.
Paul Callanan
Director @Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, Louisville, Kentucky
Paul Callanan currently serves as the assistant director for the Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods in Louisville, Kentucky, where he coordinates the city’s Cure Violence initiative and works in collaboration with law enforcement, public health administration, and other local partnerships to develop innovative solutions for safer communities. He has 30 years of experience within the criminal justice field, providing cross-sector leadership and guidance to system-level partnerships and community-led collaborations seeking comprehensive outcome-driven solutions to complex public safety and social issues. Specializing in sustainable gang violence reduction efforts, he has led the strategic planning, development, and implementation of several successful violence reduction projects across the country, including the Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver, Colorado.
Amber Govan
Founder and Executive Director @Carter's Crew
Amber Govan is the founder and executive director of Carter’s Crew, a nonprofit organization that works with youth ages 12–17 and parents in the central Arkansas area. She is also the project director of Carter’s Crew’s gang intervention/suppression program, UN-Repeating the Cycle. She has successfully created collaborations, partnerships, and relationships with law enforcement, juvenile judges, state agencies, community organizations, and schools in the central Arkansas area. Ms. Govan has lived experience in this field, being labeled as delinquent or at risk for incarceration for most of her childhood and young adulthood. Her lived experience helps her connect with the teens and families that the organization targets in the community. Ms. Govan holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology from Oklahoma State University and certifications and licenses in areas such as project management; behavior intervention; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and gang intervention.
Dwight Stephenson
Program Coordinator, West Harlem Community Restoration and Reentry Project @Osborne Association
Dwight Stephenson is the program coordinator for the West Harlem Community Restoration and Reentry Project. The project provides reentry services to people returning home following incarceration related to a law enforcement action in 2014 in the Grant and Manhattanville Houses and the surrounding area. Mr. Stephenson works with a range of internal and external stakeholders and coordinates services with subcontractors and other community partners. He began his career at Osborne in 2014 serving as family services specialist and facilitated responsible parenting, childhood development, and workforce readiness workshops for returning citizens. Mr. Stephenson graduated summa cum laude in 2009 from Lehman College with a master’s degree in social work. He believes that education is one of the cornerstones to successful reentry.