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SAN RAMON, Calif. -- ChevronTexaco is contributing $1 million to the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise (NCNE) to help reduce school violence in the Washington, D.C. area. The funds will support NCNE's Violence-Free Zone (VFZ) initiative in four D.C. schools.
“ChevronTexaco feels it is critical to support students, families and community partners who work tirelessly to unify the District of Columbia's schools as safe places of learning,” said Lisa Barry, ChevronTexaco's vice president of government affairs. “Our contribution is rooted in a strong belief that the power of partnerships effects positive change in local neighborhoods and communities.”
The funding marks the first major investment by a corporation in the VFZ program. ChevronTexaco's grant guarantees that the program will move forward during the 2004-2005 school year and will help support the development of the model by other locations around the country with a high youth violence rate.
“We are gratified that ChevronTexaco understands and is investing in this unique and effective approach to reducing youth violence,” said Robert L. Woodson, president of NCNE. “We believe it can radically change the lives of many young people in very positive ways. The key is investing in the neighborhood leaders who have trust and confidence of young people in the community.”
Started by the NCNE in 1997, the VFZ initiative employs young people from the neighborhoods whose lives and characters have been transformed to go back to the communities and try to provide a positive impact for students through after-school, weekend and summer support.