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Skilled Violence Prevention Professionals (VPP) are key to the success of CT Violence Intervention Program. Together, our team work to build strong relationships with the with the youth, residents, businesses and other community-based groups to prevent conflict, neighborhood shootings and homicide.

We connect with highest risk youth in the community, and work to intervene in circumstances that could possibly lead to gun violence and possible retaliation. We offer intensive and continuous training and support. 


Violence Prevention Professionals (VPPs) are trained and certified credible messenger mentors. VPPs present at schools and other organizations to assist in understanding how to work with high-risk youth. VPPs are alway prepared for crisis and de-escalation situations that occur in the community. VPPs are focused on working within and with the community. 


Every single cent counts, and your generosity matters. Through your donation, we are a huge step closer to being able to "witness greatness" among our youth and community. CTVIP works hard to create a safe community for the most vulnerable individuals, with your donation we are able to gain more supplies for our programs, provide basic needs for our youth and their families, host community events, and continuing doing the work we have been able to. 

CT Violence Intervention Program & We Are the Village is excited to provide a 5 day a week free summer basketball skills camp to 40 youth in grades 6th-12th grade.  The camp will take place at Mill Rock Park July 5th-August 5th from 9am-1pm. 

On rainy days and when the heat goes above 90 degrees we will use the indoor basketball court at 60 Putnam Ave.(Hamden Board of Education).

The camp will serve 20 Hamden youth and 20 New Haven youth and is being funded by both the town of Hamden and the city of New Haven. Free lunch will be provided by the states Summer Food Service Program. 

We will have two main adult coaches on site as well as myself, and 5 summer youth/young adult employees from Hamden and New Haven. 

We plan to have a tournament at Hamden National Night (August 2nd) where the campers can showcase their skills as well as an trip to Quassy the last week of camp.

Mill Rock Summer Basketball Skills Camp

Download the PDF below to learn more information.



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