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One Second Collaborative Invests $2.1 Million in Youth Gun Violence Intervention

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

FORT WORTH, Texas (August 29, 2023) — United Way of Tarrant County (UWTC), on behalf of the One Second Collaborative (OSC), announced today the investment of $2.1 million to 18 organizations working to reduce youth gun violence. This initial phase of OSC funding primarily supports organizations and programs focused primarily on outreach, intervention and reentry.

“We are proud to support and boost the work of organizations here in our community that have demonstrated success in reducing youth gun violence in Tarrant County,” said Regina Williams, UWTC’s executive vice president and chief impact officer. “This issue is far too large to address in a silo. It requires integration of efforts across our county to make a lasting impact.”

Launched in December 2022, the One Second Collaborative is an evidence-based approach to addressing youth violence through the unification and coordination of numerous community-based organizations that deliver outreach, education, workforce training, internships, referrals for basic needs and other supports to everyday challenges young people and their families are experiencing. UWTC, the Fort Worth Police Department, the City of Fort Worth, Tarrant County and countless community stakeholders have come together to make up this Collaborative.

In addition to investing in organizations working to reduce gun violence, the One Second Collaborative steering committee is establishing work groups focused on multi-sector mental health, communication, tools and resources, outreach in real time, parent/caregiver education and mentor recruitment.  The OSC team also is working to create a youth advisory board to bring youth perspectives and solutions to the program and is forming a multi-disciplinary team to offer wrap-around services to youth and families in need.

Financial support for the initiative and these grants comes from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds administered by Tarrant County and the City of Fort Worth.

Recipients of initial-phase funding include:

Alliance Child & Family Solutions:$80,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County:$75,000
Building Pathways, Inc.:$200,000
Communities in Schools of Greater Tarrant County, Inc.:$40,000
Community Frontline:$50,000
Fort Worth Connect, Inc.:$100,000
Mothers of Murdered Angels:$50,000
Recovery Resource Council:$115,000
Seasons of Change, Inc.:$125,000
Safe City Commission (dba One Safe Place):$50,000
Strategies to Elevate People of Color:$75,000
Survive and Thrive Education:$59,760
Violence Intervention and Prevention Fort Worth (VIP Ft. Worth):$800,000
Volunteers of America Texas:$20,000
YMCA of Metro Fort Worth:$100,000
Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.(YAP):$100,000

Applications for the next round of grant funding will be accepted in early 2024.


About United Way of Tarrant County

United Way of Tarrant County brings people together to build strong communities where everyone thrives. As a nonprofit leader, we help communities tackle tough challenges and work with private, public, and nonprofit partners to boost education, financial stability, and health resources. Last year, we helped more than 325,000 people every year through our resources. We celebrated our 100th anniversary in 2022 and are ready to serve Tarrant County for years to come.

Sabine Jacobson 
United Way of Tarrant County