Dozens of Philly community groups receiving millions in anti-violence funding

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Anti-violence groups in Philadelphia are getting more than $5 million to help their efforts, at a time when the city faces a record-setting pace of homicides.

Two dozen Philadelphia organizations are getting part of that grant money from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Frontline Dads is one of those groups.

"The impact we want to make is to save lives, keep families and communities safe, make this a safer city," said Frontline Dads Executive Director Reuben Jones.

Jones said part of the $225,000 they are receiving will go towards programs aimed reducing violence among at-risk teens who may be involved in the criminal justice system or have a parent who is.

"We engage young people and train them in de-escalation techniques," Jones explained. "We provide a platform for them to learn how to verbally prevent violence from escalating in their schools and communities."

He added that they will use the funds to bolster a specific focus on gun violence.