MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Family Services of Westchester recently launched a new violence prevention program, SNUG, in Mount Vernon thanks to a $270,000 grant.
SNUG, which is guns spelled backward, is aimed at reducing street violence through the use of street outreach workers, sometimes called “violence interrupters,” who are trained to reduce violence or prevent further violence from occurring.
Mount Vernon’s SNUG street outreach workers are made up of men, formerly affiliated with local street crews and violence, who have since turned their lives around to help thwart aggression, violent acts and retaliation against shootings and killings in Mount Vernon.
“Family Services of Westchester is grateful for this support and will develop a community-based strategy, including neighborhood events and public education activities, to help steer young adults away from solving problems using guns and violence," Susan Wayne, president and CEO of Family Services of Westchester said in a statement. "This is one step forward in continuing to keep our community and youth safe.”