Congressman Cohen Announces Grant to Reduce Gang Violence

September 17, 2019
Press Release
$500,000 awarded to University of Tennessee Health Science Center Initiative


WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will be receiving a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to reduce gang violence. The grant underwrites UTHSC’s work with Shelby County Schools and the Juvenile Justice Board to enhance gang desistence and diversion services implemented through the Gang Reduction Assistance for Saving Society’s Youth (G.R.A.S.S.Y.) program, a model DOJ program designed to reduce gang violence. 


Congressman Cohen made the following statement: 


I am pleased to see this grant awarded to UT’s Health Science Center’s  G.R.A.S.S.Y. program. This program provides opportunities for youth in Memphis to engage positively in our community both in and out of the classroom. This grant will support its comprehensive approach to addressing and preventing violence.”