Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae has issued a request for proposals through the CC THRIVE initiative (a comprehensive gang and gun violence reduction initiative in Cumberland County focused on youth aged 10-25 in Bridgeton, Millville, and Vineland) for the following programs:

Credible Messenger Program –This program focuses on working directly with youth and young adults to reduce gang involvement and gun violence. Community representatives will serve as “Credible Messengers” to help prevent violence by guiding youth and young adults to change behaviors through positive mentoring; and “Outreach Workers” will support and case manage at-risk youth and young adults who wish to receive educational and other support services, like employment, drug and alcohol counseling, mental health services, and other help.  The contract is worth $197,310 and will span the period of 06/01/19 through 09/30/20.  The provider will be responsible for implementing the Credible Messenger Model; training Credible Messengers and Outreach Workers; organizing Community Events; responding to Gang and Gun Violence; and creating an Educational Campaign (to promote non-violent response strategies).

Intensive Reentry Case Management Program – The Intensive Reentry Case Management Program will assist in improving the reintegration services that prepare individuals to return to their home environments after incarceration. This program will establish the collaboration, support and resources necessary for individuals to reintegrate successfully.   The contract is worth $86,166 and will span the period of 06/01/19 through 09/30/20.  The provider will be responsible for a Reentry Stakeholder Meeting; Collaboration with New Jersey Department of Corrections; Intake Meetings; and Reentry Planning and Follow Up Meetings with young offenders.  The desired outcome is for improved service delivery, reduced recidivism and increased services to returning young adult offenders.

Full program details and guidelines can be found in the full Request For Proposal (RFP) located at the Competitive Bidding page of the County’s website.  http://www.cumberlandprocure.org/index.php

RFP questions can be directed to David DeWoody at 856-453-2132 or email davidde@co.cumberland.nj.us by Tuesday, April 16 at Noon.

The public notices for these two program opportunities will published in local news media Friday, April 5, 2019. A non-mandatory Bidder’s Conference is scheduled for Friday, April 12 in the afternoon. Proposals are due by Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 2:00 pm.  The schedule for these RFPs will be included in the Cumberland County RFP Portal (which applicants must create an account for).

Prosecutor Webb-McRae stated:  “Were super excited to be making solicitations for these programs.  Everyone has worked really hard to come up with strategies that will reduce gang involvement and gun violence amongst our young people.  It feels good to be moving along to the implementation stage for this very important project.  We hope to get a number of creative, result driven applications for these important programs.  Any reduction of gang and gun violence will be a win for Cumberland County.”



CC THRIVE, which stands for “Cumberland Collective to Help Reverse Inequality and Violence Everywhere,” is a comprehensive gang and gun violence reduction community-driven strategic planning and implementation initiative focused on 10 to 25 year olds in the three largest, most densely populated urban areas (Bridgeton, Millville, and Vineland) in Cumberland County. CC THRIVE is to addresses youth/young adult violence, youth exposure to violence in the community, and the factors that influence gang participation, as well as improve awareness and access to strategically planned services for individuals affected by this violence.

CC THRIVE is funded through a cooperative agreement with the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention from their Safe and Thriving Communities suite of programs; and the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office (CCPO) is the lead administrative and fiscal entity for this cooperative agreement. The CCPO collaborates with the over 30 agencies that represent: Municipal, County, and State Government; Law Enforcement; Social Service Organizations; Housing; Youth Serving Groups; Faith-Based Organizations; School Districts; Hospitals and Health Care Agencies, that make up the CC THRIVE Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is led by an Executive Committee and organized into the 4 areas of Safe and Thriving work: Prevention, Intervention/Treatment, Law Enforcement/Suppression, and Reentry.

CC THRIVE’s mission is to empower at risk youth and young adults to build knowledge, ability, and achieve equity to reduce and eliminate community and gang violence; and its vision is: Cumberland County is a community where all children, youth, and families have developmental education, social, emotional, physical, and health resources they need to achieve their greatest potential.

Learn more at http://njccpo.org/thrive/

Staffing and technical assistance is provided by the Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs at Rutgers University-Camden.

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