President Joe Biden’s administration just announced a nationwide effort to help 53 community groups trying to stop the growing tide of violence in the United States get bigger and better so they can reach more people. .
Raising awareness from the White House could help the DC-based Alliance of Concerned Men save more lives. His violence switches have had measurable success in reducing violence in Wards 6 and 7.
For three decades, the Alliance of Concerned Men has known that teens and 20-somethings relax in the presence of food and people who genuinely care about them. They relax enough to let in people like Carlos Wilson, a neighborhood liaison who went to the Alliance when he was a teenager and was going through a very rough time.
“I lost my mum when I was 1, so I know some roadblocks they might encounter, and with them growing up like that, I don’t want them to make the mistakes that I have. committed,” he said.
Whether it’s the violence switches of the Cure the Streets program or conflict resolution or mentoring, members of the Alliance of Concerned Men know that keeping it real is the only way.
“I was them,” Larry McMichael said. “I was them. I was charged with murder. I had drug charges. I was shot over 20 times.
He leads the group’s conflict resolution efforts.
“No. I listen to them,” he said. “You’d be amazed how everyone says their parents don’t listen to them, all their parents do is yell and yell at them. And that what I do is sit and listen to them, I give them that ear that they want so badly.
Executive Director Terrance Staley said the White House’s outreach effort could allow the organization to expand its mission across the district, one helping hand, one caring voice, at a time.
The Alliance of Concerned Men was founded in 1992, during a spasm of violence across the district.
Two other DC groups are also invited to participate in the White House effort. J&J Monitoring assists with gang intervention and works with the DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. A group called Yaay Me! offers violence intervention, job training and business development services to young adults.