YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — The Community Initiative to Reduce Violence, or CIRV., hosted a breakfast at the YWCA in Youngstown Friday morning for its partners.
“We have helped so many. We’ve had called in between 50 and 60 men thus far, as well as juveniles. There’s a big process,” program coordinator Guy Burney said. “So we’re expanding on it again. The mayor really wants us to expand on the process. So, I’m asking for more help from the community to make sure that we can do this.”
CIRV will partner with Youngstown State University for the Hope Conference on May 15. The event is meant to help the formerly incarcerated successfully return to the community.
CIRV brings together law enforcement, social service agencies, and the community to help reduce gun violence in the city. In the summer, they host programs to offer violence prevention for youth to share their message of non-violence.
On Saturday, they will host call-in sessions for men involved in gangs or violent groups to learn about resources available to help them change.