Promote block parties and develop a block party kit that can be distributed to existing organizations, neighborhoods and community events.


Crime Prevention Begins at Home program invited Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Association to let program participants know how they can become involved in their neighborhood association life and events, such as block parties and movie in the park.
ONI and EPNO work with PBOT to process block party applications. However additional support has not been prioritized by ONI's BAC or EPNO community leadership as a priority for funding.
Division Midway Alliance's (DMA's) Art on the Box project resulted in a permanent mural on a utility box located at the SW corner of SE 122nd and Division. Three David Douglas School District youth artists were chosen for the project. Two of the artists are from immigrant backgrounds and their community perspectives are reflected in the mural.
Crime Prevention Begins at Home (CPBH) program consisted of three crime-prevention related four -hour workshops. Main aims of the program was (1) to raise the understanding, knowledge, and trust in the Russian-Speaking/Slavic community of local East Portland law enforcement and the American judicial system; (2) to train and motivate East Portland Russian-Speaking/Slavic community members to engage in crime prevention and law enforcement awareness activities in the East Portland neighborhoods where they live; (3) to expand the scope of involvement of the Russian-Speaking/Slavic community to prevent crime and improve livability in neighborhoods with a high concentration of this community. We planned to enroll 25 participants to assure that 20 would graduate, and all 20 participants met program graduation requirements and successfully completed the program. We created the agenda and schedule for each workshop according to which we invited speakers and assembled handouts in English and Russian. The first workshop, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, Innocent Images was held on November 1st, 2016. There were two presenters who helped with the workshop. Presenter from Lutheran Community Services Northwest, Tatyana Bondarchuk, Domestic Violence Victims Advocate/Social Worker, provided description of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse, American Family Law, and resources for domestic violence victims. The presenter shared videos and articles on about social media and its negative effect on lives of our youth. The presenter also did a separate presentation on: 1) how different our brains work and how it is related to children learning styles and parents-children relationships 2) how to build better/stronger and productive relationship with your children and teenagers. Another presenter, Anya Nunan, Mental Health Case Manager, Multicultural Counseling at Lutheran Community Services NW, shared information on the legal use of marijuana. Legal marijuana was not a topic that we originally put in the proposal, but we decided to cover it since a lot of people are totally not aware of what legal and what not. The presenter used the following link to educate participants and clicked on each tab of this webpage, explained and interpreted what it said. The second workshop, Identify a Crime and Understanding, Measure 11 and Communicating with Police, was held on November 29th, 2016. The presenter, Chris Ramras, Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney, talked about (1) types of crimes in Oregon, such as violations, misdemeanors, and felonies; (2) criminal justice system; (3) Measure 11. In surveys that we had our participants to fill out, all participants stated that they would share this info with others and that realizing consequences was eye opening and preventive for them. Many participants had no or very limited and false information about Measure 11 and types of crimes, which is worth to be aware of for parents with teenagers to prevent crime. The cheat sheet of Measure 11 Mandatory Minimum Sentencing was valuable tool that visibly demonstrated the way people get punishments. The third workshop, Civic Engagement and Graduation, was held on December 13th, 2016 and was completed by the Project Coordinators. It was a conversation about how the Crime Prevention project was created and then funded by EPAP. Project Coordinators spoke about Civic Engagement on different levels and in various areas to help participants understand that they can fight for the right to have what their community need. Participants’ church leaders called project coordinators and requested information of some presenters (Tatiana Bondarchuk and Chris Ramsan). Church leaders invited them to their churches directly. According to participants’ feedback and surveys, we came to the conclusion that Crime Prevention Begins at Home program is important for the community. We are very happy to hear other community members sharing on the radio information that they received from our presenters.

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