$5M NIJ grant funds public-private partnership to expand youth opportunity in Nashville

Written by . Original article from Vanderbilt University. A nearly $5 million grant from the National Institute of Justice will fund an unprecedented five-year partnership between the Office of Mayor Megan Barry, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, Oasis Center and Vanderbilt University. The project stems from the mayor’s youth opportunity initiative.

“We want to be a city that leads the nation in expanding opportunities and improving outcomes for our youth,” said Barry. “In order to do so, we need to have hard data and evidence of what works for Nashville’s youth in order to inform sound policy decisions going forward. This generous grant from the National Institute of Justice and our partnership with MNPS, Oasis Center and Vanderbilt University, will help future leaders in Nashville and around the country make decisions that positively impact all youth.”

The Nashville Longitudinal Study of Youth Safety and Wellbeing (Award #2016-CK-BX-K002) is one of only three Category 4 proposals funded by NIJ this year. Through the study, an interdisciplinary team of researchers, educators, city government and juvenile court staffers, police and youth development workers will develop a dataset to better inform decision-making with a goal of positively impacting the climate for youths in Nashville. The start date is Jan. 1.

Continue reading on Vanderbilt University Research News: https://news.vanderbilt.edu/2016/11/21/right-resources-at-the-right-time-goal-of-public-private-partnership-for-nashville-youths/