The objective of this project was to empower Nehemiah Baptist Church, collaborative partners and residents' in a youth violence reduction initiative. Implementation occurred on the Westside of Detroit, Michigan. The mixed research utilized: (1) participant observations; (2) focus groups; (3) survey and questionnaires; and (4) data collection from interviews, newspapers and published reports. The findings clarified approaches for community engagement and isolated barriers. The summary conclusion supports the church, collaborative partners and residents' engagement in community events that may significantly reduce youth violence. Also, prevailing faith-based community advocacy participatory therapeutic strategies indicates religion does matter in violence reduction.
|Advisor:||Walker, Robert C.|
|School:||United Theological Seminary|
|School Location:||United States -- Ohio|
|Source:||DAI-A 79/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||African American Studies, Theology, Psychology|
|Keywords:||Advocacy, Community, Faith-Based, Ministry Model, Prophetic|
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