" A Three Prong Approach "
Bury Guns, Not People

This program targets youth who are at risk or who have pending gun charges and / or are already adjudicated for a gun crime.

  • Youth ages 14 years -19 years
  • Youth pending Gun Charges
  • Youth identified to be at risk of similar acts (picked up for probable cause)
  • Youth already adjudicated for Gun Charges
  • 30 hours a week for 4 months

Office 5701 Shingle Creek Parkway Suite 395 Conference Room Brooklyn Center, MN 55430.

Well Spring Second Chance Center Bury our Guns not our people program

The objective of our program is to enhance these partnerships, provide a communal response to reducing violence amongst our youth. Lastly, encourage further dialogue with our partners for the future as well. As we know there is not one answer to reducing gun violence in our communities.

Purpose of program is to educate, challenge and encourage the participants to change their behavior through comprehensive, holistic and innovative measures to include:

  • Work with a PSYCHOLOGIST to address the mental health and emotional aspect of their thinking that led to such behavior in the first place.
  • Work with DOCTORS address the medical trauma caused by their actions
    with a gun.
  • Work with CHEMICAL HEALTH to address how mood altering drugs can
    alter or impair ones judgment and behavior.
  • Work with FUNERAL HOMES to address the lasting impact on the victim
    their families and communities.
  • Work with LAW ENFORCEMENT to address how their actions results in criminal charges and likely incarceration. Participants also look at the possibility to being charged as an adult versus a youth.
  • Work with ANGER MANAGEMENT / CONFLICT RESOLUTION
    SPECIALIST learning how to manage their strong emotions and understand they always have an alternative and / or choice in any matter.
  • Work with EX-OFFENDERS (YOUTH AND ADULTS) to share
    their personal experiences and where they are today.
  • Work with YOUTH SUCCESS STORY to learn that change or transforming their lives is possible in their thinking and ultimately their behavior.
  • Includes COMMUNITY SERVICE to learn to give something back to the community they disrupted with their violence. Participants work on the grounds of funeral homes around the twin cities, landscaping, and maintenance services.
  • Work with them on importance of EDUCATION is the pathway to success for competitive jobs in the workplace, while decreasing the chances of re-offending.
Well Spring Second Chance Center Bury our Guns not our people program

Part 1

This is 30 hours a week and 4 month program.

During that time participants learn that gun control begins with them. To give participants an in depth look of the emotional, physical and social impact and the consequences of gun violence. They learn the devastation or annihilation of gun violence on their victims, others, communities, themselves and their families. They look at statistics of violence in their community and how they may have contributed to them. One statistic they learn is everyday 7 children / youth die from gun violence, 5 are murdered or kill themselves. (Brady Campaign). We provide them with the rash reality if they don’t make a decision during our program to change their ways they will fall prey to the following statistic: studies have shown us that 63 percent of gun violence offenders will re-offend within 12 months of their release and they are four times as likely to commit a homicide. Our participants need to know there is a thrust to increase the sentences from the average of 15 months to a longer sentence.

Participants learn how gun violence is defined, who is responsible, why they engage in violence, that there is always a alternative to violence or a choice. The participants take part a pledge not to touch the gun again and to solicit at least one other youth to do the same. Some participants will contribute to a commercial highlighting anti gun violence in our community.

Participants learn that due to the up tick of gun violence in our communities has resulted in it becoming a public health issue. People are being injured, dying and increasing the incarceration of youth. Our program details the correlation from school drop out to the prison pipeline. The building more and more prisons are based on the aforementioned correlation. That many jobs are created and sustained to maintain the prison population while they are imprisoned.

Participants will complete an evaluation upon the completion of the program. Each participant will be followed for a period of a year, once completion of Bury Our Guns, Not Our People Program.

Part 2

Bury Our Guns, Not Our People
“Guns for Jobs / Training”

  • Participants receive jobs training in various trades that are Felon friendly.
  • Participants receive entrepreneurial training
  • Assistance in job placement

Reduce Gun Violence

  • Teach youth “Leadership Skills” In this case through assignment, addressing Youth Gun Violence ( a Public Health Issue).
  • Teach youth to identify essential qualities of a leader.
  • Teach youth how to engage, effectively communicate with others and be able to keep focus to the matter at hand, to achieve their goal.
  • Teach youth that great leaders don’t wait for someone else to lead or be a change agent, working to create an effective, fair way that produces positive outcomes for them, cohorts, families and communities while contributing to a safer Minnesota.
  • Teach great leaders not only achieve their goals but their impact is felt into the future. Teach youth about school house to jailhouse better known as “prison pipeline”. They then can effectively communicate that to other youth.

Part 3

Bury Our Guns, Not Our People
“Youth Leadership Project”

  • Target: 11-20 year olds
  • Achieve 400 pledges
  • Goal: Educate and Raise Awareness
  • Objective: Create future Leaders

ANTI-VIOLENCE YOUTH PLEDGE

  • TEN YOUTH receive stipend.
  • Ten youth to do outreach into community and schools to encourage other youth to take pledge “Not to Pick Up Gun”
  • Target to obtain 400 pledges
  • Ten youth will distribute Bury Our Guns, Not Our People T-Shirt and Bands
  • Ten youth to create and produce anti-gun violence commercial that cross geographic, social, ethnic and economic lines.