Weed & Seed
It Takes a Community to Prevent Violence
Highlights of recent accomplishments and ongoing activities include:
- Development of the City of Manchester Blueprint for Violence Prevention
- Designated Safe Havens within the community where a variety of youth and adult services are coordinated in a highly-visible, accessible facility;
- Development of educational programming for the community related to personal safety, cultural diversity, and domestic violence;
- Implementation of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Initiative, YouthReach, and Wraparound for Youth Resiliency (WYR);
- Creation of a Saturday Teen Night Program;
- Neighborhood improvement initiatives, such as Know Your Neighbor Block Parties, neighborhood and park clean-ups, and community gardens; and the
- Establishment of the Manchester Violence Prevention (MVP) Teens Council to provide a youth voice for the Strategy and violence prevention education from a youth perspective.
Established in 2001, the Manchester Weed & Seed (W&S) Strategy is foremost a strategy that aims to “weed out” crime, drug abuse, and gang activity, while “seeding in” community involvement, neighborhood revitalization, and prevention efforts. Over time, the strategy’s focus has shifted from an emphasis on criminal enforcement or the “weeding” portion of the W&S Strategy to primarily addressing the root causes of violence through prevention efforts. This is a natural progression or maturing of the W&S Strategy that other W&S Communities have experienced across the country. Furthermore, the W&S Strategy recognizes that violence prevention is the responsibility of the entire city, and that law enforcement efforts alone will not result in a significant decrease in violence.
These efforts are the result of intense collaboration and networking. As of January 2011, there are 68 active partners in the W&S Strategy comprised of city, state, and federal departments, agencies, and organizations, such as the U.S. Attorney’s Office New Hampshire and the Manchester Police Department, as well as city residents. Resident involvement is the driving force behind the success of the W&S Strategy and provides a high level of ownership to community members by creating neighborhood-based initiatives. Residents are involved at all levels of planning and decision-making for their neighborhoods in collaboration with elected officials, municipal departments, and community partners. All members have an equal voice in the W&S Strategy. W&S Strategy comprised of city, state, and federal departments, agencies, and organizations, such as the U.S. Attorney’s Office New Hampshire and the Manchester Police Department, as well as city residents.
VISION STATEMENT - Developed by Residents
The City of Manchester is our community which has clean, safe and crime-free neighborhoods for all by encouraging mutual respect and consideration for others, promoting educational attainment and fostering opportunities for community engagement.
MISSION STATEMENT - Developed by Strategy Partners
The Manchester, NH Weed & Seed Strategy aspires to work as a sustainable collaboration composed of residents, community organizations, government and the private sector to achieve a unified, resident-driven vision for Manchester. The goal will be to develop constant and evolving responses to community needs through programs and change efforts that support the making of safer, stronger neighborhoods which embrace our diversity.
Funding for Manchester Weed & Seed Strategy is generously provided by the City of Manchester.