The Alliance of Concerned Men (ACM) is a 501(c)(3) community-based organization that provides outreach, prevention, intervention, social services, cultural enrichment, and recreational activities for low-income, at-risk youths and families within the District of Columbia.
The purpose of ACM is youth crime and violence intervention/prevention. Its three key operating principles are (1) that every individual has infinite worth and dignity, (2) that every individual harbors an innate desire to become a positive contributor to society, and (3) that a comprehensive approach of interrelated strategies aimed at community mobilization, suppression, social intervention, opportunities, and education and training will bring about changes in attitudes and values essential to leading humane and productive lives.
ACM work takes place at three different levels. First and foremost is the community level. The Alliance maintains personal relations with residents throughout the District of Columbia, particularly in neighborhoods most likely to need its services.
The second set of partnerships is with private organizations. ACM works with schools, churches, and other organizations for specific events or for general outreach. The shared goal is to build better communities, strengthen families, and motivate individuals to improve their own outlooks on life.
The third level is formal authority. ACM has worked under contract with government agencies such as the DC Housing Authority, the DC Child and Family Services Agency, and the U.S. Executive Office of Weed and Seed.
In dealing with gang problems, ACM successfully established a violence-free zone in the Washington, DC, Benning Terrace public housing project with assistance from the DC Housing Authority. ACM members carried out grassroots intervention in intergang conflicts and successfully negotiated a truce. The permanence of the gang truce was buttressed by job opportunities the DC Housing Authority provided for gang members, such as refurbishing the neighborhood, removing graffiti, and landscaping. In February 2004, residents celebrated the seventh anniversary of the Benning Terrace Truce.
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Mr. Tyrone Parker
Alliance of Concerned Men
3117 Dubois Place SE
Washington, DC 20019
Phone: (202) 645-5098
Fax: (202) 575-2063
Web site: www.allianceofconcernedmen.com