The PAR Project
The “Safe Communities” Training and Employment Project/Wilmington Street PAR Project trained fifteen people (21-48) formerly involved with the streets and/or criminal justice system as participatory action researchers, to empirically document the impact of violence (i. e., assault, shootings, homicide) in the Eastside and Southbridge neighborhoods of Wilmington, Delaware. Data was collected from Black men and women (18-35) in the following forms: (1) 500 community survey packets; (2) 36 individual interviews; (3) 4 group interviews; and (4) extensive field observations. PAR projects make it considerably easier to offer quality employment and educational opportunities to persons formerly involved with the criminal justice system, particularly if they worked on research projects, published in science journals and/or spoke at academic conferences or universities. Equipping those formerly involved with the criminal justice system with a research skill set gives such persons a viable alternative to crime.
Project partners include the following Wilmington-based non-profit organizations: (1) Hope Commission (lead partner); (2) Christina Cultural Art Center; (3) United Way of Wilmington; and the (4) Metropolitan Urban League of Wilmington; as well as the following university partners: (1) University of Delaware; (2) Delaware State University; and (3) Wilmington University.
The “Safe Communities” Training and Employment Project/Wilmington Street PAR Project was funded with generous grants issued by the American Recovery Reinvestment Act, The United Way of Wilmington, DE and the University of Delaware.
The Wilmington Street PAR website highlights all of the news (video) stories, news articles, photo gallery, our community survey packet, among other related material.
News Journal Wilmington Street PAR Project