Rozzi applauds $420K in grants benefiting crime prevention and youth support initiatives

READING, Sept. 9 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi today announced that two grants from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency totaling $420,023 have been awarded to two crime prevention initiatives in Reading.

Funding has been distributed as follows:

  • RIZE, a youth arts nonprofit organization: $225,000 to continue providing art programs and advocating for policy initiatives that support families and youth.  The organization's RIZE Above Bars initiative serves Reading youth and children with incarcerated parents to address social adversity and trauma, keeping families connected.
  • The Village of Reading: $195,023 to support community outreach programs in Reading. Funds will support the cost of one full-time director and one part-time assistant, two part-time violence interrupters, several consultants, training cost; and include a building space to operate and supplies to support their work.

“Crime prevention begins with educating and empowering local youth. Therefore, I’m confident that RIZE will use this funding to continue giving Reading’s children and teens a creative outlet that helps them set and reach their goals and grow as individuals,” Rozzi said. “The Village of Reading will also strongly benefit from the team of professionals that this grant will bring to our community to heighten safety and crime prevention measures.”

More than $22.3 million was awarded to several organizations across the state that are dedicated to breaking cycles of violence and substance abuse in their communities.  More information about the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency is available here.