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DA Krasner Announces Third Round of Violence Prevention Grant Awards to Community-Based Groups

CONTACT:
Dustin Slaughter, 215–686–8713, Dustin.Slaughter@phila.gov

PHILADELPHIA (July 19, 2021) — The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office today was honored to announce the awarding of $35,000 in grant money to three community-based organizations in support of violence prevention efforts. This third round of grants is awarded to the following groups: Power of Paint Art Academy and Management ($15,000); Succor Inc. ($10,000); and Camp Jamison Corporation ($10,000).

Power of Paint Art Academy and Management provides a wide range of programming, including ‘Beyond Philly,’ a two-year youth mentoring program that provides entrepreneurship and workforce development skills. PPAAM also provides summer camp opportunities and Power of Paint’s Art Academy. The organization intends to use the grant to help fund its ‘Youth Enrichment Summer Camp,’ ‘Paint Greater Than’ initiative, and ‘Black Girls Bike’ program. Learn more.

Camp Jamison, which for 11 years has provided children who might not otherwise have a chance to attend summer camp in the wilderness with week-long overnight camping excursions, during which youth are educated about the environment, engage in robust outdoor activities, and learn how to grow emotionally and socially. The camp experience can afford children who are living in communities experiencing gun violence the opportunity to explore a different environment that is safe and fun while also promoting values that reduce the risk posed to youth by drugs, violence, and other harmful influences. Camp Jamison intends to use the grant money to offset the significant cost of transporting youth campers from the city to the 38-acre campus located two hours outside of Philadelphia. Learn more.

Succor, Inc. focuses its services on meeting the needs of women and girls facing substance use disorder, abuse, family violence, trauma from gun violence, and other physical and psychological challenges. The organization intends to utilize the grant to fund ‘Arlene’s Closet,’ an initiative designed to provide women and girls returning from drug rehabilitation and the juvenile court system with the necessary tools to engage with the job market.

This grant funding, now totaling $242,000 since awarding started in May, derived from the lawful and appropriate use of civil asset forfeiture, will be distributed and audited by the Philadelphia Foundation. The DAO anticipates announcing the next round of awards around Labor Day. Groups interested in applying for future violence prevention funding are strongly encouraged to contact the Philadelphia Foundation at GrantmakingServices@philafound.org.

“I have been going to camp for as long as I can remember,” said Jamel Edwards, who recently completed Camp Jamison’s Counselor-in-Training program and is now a Camp Counselor. “I owe the world to Camp Jamison for showing me another world outside of my city, a world that just felt so free and helped me strive as a Black man by teaching me leadership, how to care for others, and to keep going when things get hard.”

“I congratulate all of the third-round violence prevention grant recipients and thank them for all of their important work,” said DA Krasner. “And while the DAO will continue to support these organizations doing the critical work of helping to make our communities safer, I also continue to urge our corporate and nonprofit sectors to step up and for each of them match the $100 million violence prevention goal the DAO and our community and elected partners have set. I also urge government partners to immediately fund a more robust forensics program that will enable law enforcement to solve shootings and homicides more quickly in order to stop the inevitable and tragic spiral of retaliatory shootings. We can and we must be smarter on violent crime.”

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