Campus Community Coalition (C3): NCCU received a three year grant from Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to reduce substance abuse and prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS among African-American young adults (ages 18-24) on the NCCU campus and in the surrounding community. The mission of the NCCU Campus Community Coalition Program is to minimize risky behaviors and their negative consequences while building an environment that supports and encourages healthy behavioral choices among African-American young adults (ages 18- 24) on the North Carolina Central University campus and in the surrounding community. This mission will be achieved through social norms campaigns and environmental strategies aimed to reduce alcohol and drug use and high-risk sexual practices. NCCU is partnering with Durham TRY to implement this project.
Disproportionate Minority Contact in Durham County: The Juvenile Justice Institute is facilitating the development of an action plan to assist Durham Public Schools, the Durham Police Department, and the Durham Sheriff’s Office address the disproportionate number of minority youth referred to the juvenile justice system. JJI is providing training to stakeholder groups on DMC, school disciplinary processes, and race relations. The purpose of this program is to reduce DMC by reducing school based referrals for minor infractions that could be handled through the school disciplinary process.
Assessing the Value of Parks and Recreation Programs: The Juvenile Justice Institute is working with the National Parks and Recreation Association to develop a metric to be used in a calculator tool. The metric would measure the value that accrues to local community parks and recreation programs who conduct youth crime reduction activities. An extensive literature search on the costs and benefits of juvenile community programs is being conducted in addition to an analysis of national juvenile crime data to facilitate the development of a metric.
Youth Violence in Durham: The Juvenile Justice Institute is leading an interdisciplinary team investigating youth violence in Durham. The first phase of the project will employ listening sessions with youth to ascertain their perception of violence in the Durham community. The results will provide a better understanding of the circumstances surrounding incidence of youth violence and youth exposure to violence. Based on these findings NCCU will be better equipped to support community-based prevention and intervention initiatives.