New nonprofit group in Kansas City seeks to address violence in the city

New nonprofit group in Kansas City seeks to address violence in the city
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There’s a new nonprofit in Kansas City and its goal is to target and lower the rate of violence in the city. Tonight, KC Common Good says its main tenant is working to find common good in each other and create solutions before violence occurs. “Last year was the highest crime rate in our history,” KC Common Good President Klassie Alcine said.The nonprofit hopes to address the root causes of violence in our city. “We are at a crisis point,” Alcine said. The group says there are five keys contributions to the uptick of violence in Kansas City.KC Common Good’s 5 Keys Areas:Access to ResourcesHigh UnemploymentThe Poverty RateHigh School dropout rates Repeated Family Trauma Within the Home They say lack of access to resources is one of the largest contributing factors to the creation of violence in a community. “When you’re having a life altering experience or situation you need that immediate access to a resource,” Alcine said. She says it’s also important to give people someone to talk to before high tensions escalate to violence. She adds that high unemployment, families dealing with the poverty rate and kids dropping out of school play large role. The main factor, according to Alcine, is family trauma within the home.“Break those cycles so that future behavior changes in a positive way,” Alcine said. Alcine says surprisingly much of the increased violence is tied in with social media. “Our goal is how do we keep our youth from getting shot, we have to act now,” Alcine said. She says addressing those keys plays a big role in helping a teen that might be at risk of committing violence realize they have other options. “It’s going to take time. Right now, we’re on the top 10 list for most violent cities in America and my goal is how do we get off that list?” Alcine said. KC Common Good says they’ve already helped more than 400 teens from zip codes with high crime rates find employment. If you’d like to know more about their mission or receive assistance from the group you can go to their website.kccommongood.org

There’s a new nonprofit in Kansas City and its goal is to target and lower the rate of violence in the city. Tonight, KC Common Good says its main tenant is working to find common good in each other and create solutions before violence occurs.

“Last year was the highest crime rate in our history,” KC Common Good President Klassie Alcine said.

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The nonprofit hopes to address the root causes of violence in our city.

“We are at a crisis point,” Alcine said.

The group says there are five keys contributions to the uptick of violence in Kansas City.

KC Common Good’s 5 Keys Areas:

  • Access to Resources
  • High Unemployment
  • The Poverty Rate
  • High School dropout rates
  • Repeated Family Trauma Within the Home

They say lack of access to resources is one of the largest contributing factors to the creation of violence in a community.

“When you’re having a life altering experience or situation you need that immediate access to a resource,” Alcine said.

She says it’s also important to give people someone to talk to before high tensions escalate to violence. She adds that high unemployment, families dealing with the poverty rate and kids dropping out of school play large role.

The main factor, according to Alcine, is family trauma within the home.

“Break those cycles so that future behavior changes in a positive way,” Alcine said.

Alcine says surprisingly much of the increased violence is tied in with social media.

“Our goal is how do we keep our youth from getting shot, we have to act now,” Alcine said.

She says addressing those keys plays a big role in helping a teen that might be at risk of committing violence realize they have other options.

“It’s going to take time. Right now, we’re on the top 10 list for most violent cities in America and my goal is how do we get off that list?” Alcine said.

KC Common Good says they’ve already helped more than 400 teens from zip codes with high crime rates find employment. If you’d like to know more about their mission or receive assistance from the group you can go to their website.

kccommongood.org

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