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One Second Collaborative

A one-second decision can be the difference between life and death.

Gun violence became the leading cause of death among teens in 2020, surpassing motor vehicle fatalities.* In these situations, split-second decisions make all the difference. Our collaborative seeks to intervene in those seconds, as well as in the days and years leading up to them, with a set of programs that can address gun violence where it is happening and prevent it before it starts.

The One Second Collaborative is an evidence-based approach launched in 2022. We bring together several community-based organizations to deliver street outreach, education, counseling, life coaching and other supports to promote wellness and resiliency for young people – and safety for the whole community.

United Way of Tarrant County oversees the collaborative and its community-based steering committee in partnership with the Fort Worth Police Department, the City of Fort Worth, Tarrant County and countless community stakeholders. 

Young adults smile at the OSC Youth Gun Violence Prevention Workgroup Summit.

One Second Collaborative Webinar – June 28, 2023

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Our Timeline

  • December 2022 | Organizational Structure
  • January - April 2023 | Program Team Staffing
  • April 2023 | Steering Committee Meetings
  • Spring and Summer 2023 | Organizational Support RFP Process
  • Summer 2023 - Winter 2024 | Program Implementation
  • Annually | Program Evaluation

“Young people make these split-second decisions that they may live to regret – if they get to live. We are truly helping them move away from that.”

– Leah M. King, CEO, United Way of Tarrant County

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*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The New England Journal of Medicine