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40 Days of Peace and Community Building Initiative.

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40 Days of Peace and Community Building directs focused attention on cultivating trusting and positive relationships among community members, city officials, faith leaders, and neighbors.

  HVNT is uniquely positioned to provide credibility to the delivery of the Cure Violence Model, because the co-founders are both individuals who have been incarcerated and come home to Champaign-Urbana to provide guidance for young people to avoid violence and opportunities for success through positive relationships, networks, and life skills in High Hope Communities.


The 40Forty Club will build on the energy of the first 40 Days of Peace and Community Building and focus efforts at providing support and mentorship to high risk individuals and high hope neighborhoods.



The vision of HVNT is to ignite a movement that lasts well beyond the initial 40 Days of Peace and Community Building. 


Our vision will be carried out by the 40Forty Club, a group of individuals from the high hope neighborhoods with whom HVNT engages over the next year or more to help conduct community events, trauma-informed trainings, financial literacy workshops, and community organizing and activism around issues of violence.


Several members of HVNT have been trained in trauma informed systems of care, and at least two members of the HVNT leadership team have received training in the “Cure Violence” model of violence prevention (



40 Days of Peace and Community Building in Champaign County, Illinois was conceived at a HV Mens’ Roundtable discussion in December 2019.

The plans have grown in scope, ambition, and reach as the HVNT leadership team has responded to COVID19 and the social upheaval related to police brutality and systemic racism, most recently ignited by the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN. 


HVNT has taken on a lead role in organizing peaceful protests and serving as a bridge among community leaders, non-profit organizations, and individual community members in order to reduce violence and increase positive relationships and experiences for individuals and families in high hope neighborhoods. 



The Cure Violence Model relies on the five major areas of focus:


“1. Detect potentially violent events and interrupt them to prevent violence through trained credible messengers.

2. Provide ongoing behavior change and support to the highest-risk individuals through trained credible messengers.

3. Change community norms that allow, encourage and exacerbate violence in chronically violent neighborhoods to healthy norms that reject the use of violence.

4. Continually analyze data to ensure proper implementation and identify changes in violence.

5. Provide training and technical assistance to workers, program managers and implementing agencies covering the necessary skills to implement the model correctly.”

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