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WOW Outreach reaches out to neighborhoods of high need who have been impacted by crime, violence, have limited resources, and significant barriers to the most basic services and needs. It is comprised of people from the faith-based community, local businesses, non-profits, community-based organizations, city officials, leaders, and residents from neighboring communities.



Our Vision

To create a community with a zero tolerance for violence by creating an atmosphere of collaboration with community partners, local residents, youth, and families. Youth are connected to positive programs, families are linked to supportive services, leadership and mentorship opportunities are available to all. Awareness is increased, Resources are accessible, and residents are supported.

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We know how great it feels to  receive a gift from someone. I  believe however the greatest  satisfaction comes from giving  to others and knowing you have made someone feel happier or made a positive contribution in some way to their life. Make a Financial Contribution Today- support the Cause. There is Power in every Gift, regardless of how large or small. Your Time, Talent, and Treasures help in the mission of, “Creating a Community with a ZERO Tolerance for Violence.”


Reducing Recidivism for Juvenile Criminal Offenders

Juvenile criminal behavior is something that Americans are all too familiar with. Through local and national news coverage we often hear about burglaries, thefts, and murders committed by adolescents. One thing that mainstream media fails to report is how the criminal justice system works with youth to decrease recidivism and increase rehabilitation.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice recidivism is the repetition of criminal behavior. There is no national recidivism rate for juveniles since juvenile justice systems vary across states, however recidivism is a huge problem among this population. With Florida, New York, and Virginia leading in rearrests according to the U.S. Department of Justice Juvenile Offenders and Victims 2006 National Report (see figure below).

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Attitudes toward police: A cycle of distrust

kelly-thomasGrowing up, I remember my biggest heroes were police officers. I admired the crisp uniforms and hats, but most of all the shiny badges each police officer wore. I also felt grateful for the sense of protection they provided when I saw officers patrolling my neighborhood.

Unfortunately, not everyone has favorable attitudes toward the police. The Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center has started looking at attitudes towards police officers, what can influence these attitudes, and what the effects of these attitudes are. To begin answering these types of questions, we have started to look at previous studies and their findings.

As most of us might guess, race is the biggest predictor of attitudes toward police. The relationship of race to attitudes towards police has been extensively studied. Research has shown that minorities tend to have less favorable views of the police when compared to whites. African Americans have the least favorable views, followed by Hispanics, although less research has been devoted to Hispanics.

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