The Core Message is: Violence is contagious; we can treat and, ultimately, cure violence.
In late 2020 The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis was selected to implement Cure Violence Model in the Walnut Park neighborhood. After receiving the award from the City of St. Louis, Department of Health, the agency leased a building in our current site at 6050 Goodfellow Blvd to be in the heart of Walnut Park with the people we serve.
The Cure Violence Initiative is guided by a clear understanding that violence is a health issue. It also understands that individuals and communities can change for the better, and that community partners and strategic partnerships are the crucial ingredients to success.
Cure Violence trains carefully selected members of the community, credible messengers—to anticipate where violence may occur and intervene before it erupts, as we focus on engaging those at highest risk to change behavior, recognizing that violence exacerbates conflict.
Cure Violence services include: Outreach services provided for youth and families, Violence Interruption, Conflict Mediation, Employment/Education Resources, Mental Health Resources, Trauma Resources, Mentoring Services, Senior Services, Covid-19 (PPE) Resources, during Community Events and Engagement.
Through mentoring, community outreach and violence interruption, we aim to see the violence in the Walnut Park community cease and return to the prideful, amazing community it once was.