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On Friday, December 15 Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae unveiled the new Cumberland Collective To Help Reverse Inequality & Violence Everywhere (CC THRIVE) initiative.

Freeholder Director Joe Derella, Prosecutor Webb McRae, and WRI’s Tracy Swan spoke at the press conference, which took place at Cumberland County College.  

The Prosecutor’s Office has received a $737,000 award from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)to plan and implement the initiative. CC THRIVE, through a multidisciplinary group of stakeholders, will address youth violence through strategic planning and evidence based implementation of efforts in the cities of Bridgeton, Millville, and Vineland. Over three years this cooperative agreement with OJJDP will examine gang and gun violence as well as the impact of that violence on Cumberland County youth and young adults.

Both Freeholder Director Derella and Prosecutor Webb noted that the work of the Cumberland County Positive Youth Development Coalition positioned the county to win this award. Cumberland joins Gary, Indiana; St. Louis, Missouri; Anne Arundel County, Maryland as recipients of the highly competitive federal funding.

The Walter Rand Institute will guide CC THRIVE stakeholders in the planning phase and provide support across the life of the initiative.