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Press Release - March 9, 2022

Matthew McDermott


Loyola University Chicago Receives Major Grant from The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to Establish Anti-Violence Initiative in Chicago Public Schools     

March 9, 2022 - Loyola University Chicago received a grant of nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to help prevent acts of violence and develop a positive climate in Chicago Public Schools through the Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Program. 

Over the next three years, the Loyola STOP School Violence (LSSV) project will develop and implement culturally competent, age-appropriate, and evidence-based violence prevention programs at six K-12 public schools in three economically disadvantaged Chicago communities. In addition, LSSV will train hundreds of school staff and local law enforcement officers to improve their awareness and responses to at-risk students’ mental health issues. 

LSSV builds on the work already being done by the School of Social Work, including the BRAVE (Building Resilience Against Violence Engagement) youth violence prevention program, which was funded by a $1.7 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health in 2017. “Our BRAVE program for preventing minority youth violence in disadvantaged communities prepare us well to tackle student violence in CPS,” said Caleb Kim, a principal investigator of both BRAVE and LSSV. “Through this timely grant, we can continue to collaborate with communities and schools not only to prevent violence but also improve their academic success.” 

Goutham M. Menon, dean of the School of Social Work, noted, “These initiatives envisioned by Associate Professor Caleb Kim represent Loyola’s leadership in community-based social justice research and practice on the national level. Our students and faculty are committed to working within the community as partners to reduce youth violence, improve family environments, and provide the expertise and resources to uplift high-risk students’ academic and community engagement.” 

Vice Provost of Research Meharvan Singh believes LSSV and BRAVE exemplify the University’s strategic plan, “Both of these projects represent Loyola’s collaboration with and care for the City of Chicago, where the pioneering scholarship and research of our students and faculty has the power to change lives for the better by confronting pressing social justice issues.” 

The Loyola STOP School Violence project is expected to begin this spring. For further information on the BRAVE and LSSV projects, please contact Dr. Caleb Kim at ckim4@luc.edu.

About the School of Social Work 
Founded in 1914, Loyola University Chicago's School of Social Work educates students to become leaders in the profession. Within a learning community dedicated to excellence in scholarship and service, students select a curriculum focused in clinical, organizational, community, and social justice issues. Through relationships with over 400 agencies, non-profit organizations, hospitals, and schools in the Chicagoland area, Loyola provides outstanding access to supervised internships and field experiences that have led to U.S. News & World Report ranking Loyola #33 on the list of Best Graduate Schools for Social Work. 

Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with more than 16,600 students. Nearly 11,500 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University features 14 schools, colleges, and institutes. Ranked a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service.  

About The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) 
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) was created in 1984 to reduce violent crime, create safer communities, and reform our Nation’s criminal justice system. 

BJA strengthens the Nation’s criminal justice system and helps America’s state, local, and tribal jurisdictions reduce and prevent crime, reduce recidivism, and promote a fair and safe criminal justice system. BJA focuses its programmatic and policy efforts on providing a wide range of resources, including training and technical assistance, to law enforcement, courts, corrections, treatment, reentry, justice information sharing, and community-based partners to address chronic and emerging criminal justice challenges nationwide.