Together For A Safer Memphis
One life lost to gun violence is one too many.
Memphis Allies, launched by Youth Villages, is bringing together community groups and resources to turn our most dangerous places into safe neighborhoods where families and businesses can thrive and children can grow up to reach their full potential as adults.
Since 2019, homicides in Memphis have gone up 81%. In 2022, a life was taken every 29 hours; 302 homicides; 19 children killed. So far in 2023, homicides are up more than 30 percent over last year’s numbers. We must come together to address this crisis.
We developed community violence intervention program models – SWITCH and SWITCH Youth — Support With Intention To Create Hope. With them, Memphis Allies identifies, connects and serves individuals at highest risk of involvement in gun violence ages 12 to 35. At the same time, Memphis Allies is dramatically increasing prevention services for youth and supporting community transformation.
Create Lasting Change