Unified Erie and the Erie County Policy and Planning Council for Children and Families publicly release their new community action plan.
These local organizations were highlighting the success and accomplishments of the last action plan that was created in 2012. For example, the Youth Work Awards and, something many are familiar with, the Take Me to Worship Campaign. A lot of those strategies will continue in the plan, developed in November, but there are some new things they’re looking forward to, as well.
Based off of their data, the plan identifies three risk factors that predict problematic youth behaviors. They exist within the domains of family, community, and religion. For each of these domains, a team meets monthly to work on improvement strategies. The plan also identifies three protective factors that buffer children from risk and help them succeed in life.
Andrea Bierer, Community Action Plan Coordinator for Unified Erie, says, “Anytime you’re looking to reduce an issue, like violence for Unified Erie, you can’t just do enforcement, you can’t just work on the people who have a problem right now. You have to be focusing on prevention because otherwise, there will constantly be new people aging into those same issues. So, working on prevention is a key part in having a healthy community and those youth are a key to how Erie’s going to be tomorrow.”
Mayor Joe Schember says, “…this is an effort of every law enforcement agency that’s in Erie, both across the city, the county, the Sheriff’s office, the state… and even the federal with Marshall Piccinini involved. If we can work together, I just believe we can accomplish so much more and that’s what I love about this program.”
If you would like to check out the community action plan in its entirety, just click here.