Community violence intervention (CVI) programs often rely on individuals from the very communities they serve to deliver core program services, such as outreach, case management, and transformational mentoring. These frontline workers have hyperlocal community knowledge and lived experiences that lend to their credibility, enabling them to reach individuals that police or other public safety workers can’t. Being a CVI worker on the frontlines is a difficult and dangerous job. This growing workforce must be properly trained, and their professional development needs invested in, to ensure their safety and get the best results.
In this video, Juan Carter, outreach manager at the Giffords Center for Violence Intervention; Melvyn Hayward, chief program officer at Chicago CRED; and Susan Lee, chief of strategy and policy at Chicago CRED, describe the unique value frontline workers bring to the field and why greater investments in this workforce can unlock their potential to be even more impactful.