Project SNUG

SNUG logoProject SNUG (“Guns” spelled backwards) is based on CURE Violence, a highly successful violence prevention model developed in Chicago in the mid 1990s. Treating violence as a public health epidemic, SNUG uses strategies similar to those employed by public health professionals to prevent the spread of disease in a community—detecting and interrupting conflicts, identifying and treating the highest risk individuals, and changing social norms.  FSW is leading this effort in Mount Vernon with a grant from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

With this funding, FSW has hired culturally appropriate workers who live in the community, are known to high-risk people, and have been involved with the criminal justice system, but have made a change in their lives and turned away from crime. These individuals act as mentors for high-risk individuals, illustrating a path out of violence and toward a more productive life. Project SNUG offers participants: Employment Training Opportunities; Re-Entry into the Educational System; Support to Escape the Street Life; Conflict Mediation; Housing Referrals; Drug Counseling Referrals; Violence Prevention; Recreational Activities; Volunteer Opportunities to Keep Peace in the Community; Parole/Probation Supportive Activities; and Mentoring

For more information about the program in Mt. Vernon, contact:
Francis Stone, Senior Outreach Worker Supervisor
914.668.9124 ext. 25