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We all have a role in violence prevention. MISSION: The Manchester, NH Weed & Seed Strategy aspires to work as a sustainable collaboration composed of residents, community organizations, government and the private sector to achieve a unified, resident-driven vision for Manchester. The goal will be to develop constant and evolving responses to community needs through programs and change efforts that support the making of safer, stronger neighborhoods which embrace our diversity. DESCRIPTION: Manchester’s Weed & Seed strategy is a community-based multi-agency approach to law enforcement, crime prevention and neighborhood restoration with the intent to control violent crime, drug trafficking, and drug-related crime in designated elevated-crime neighborhoods. As we continue through our 10th year in Manchester, we are redefining Violence Prevention for the City of Manchester. We can ALL prevent violence and have an impact on the community in which we live, learn, work, and play.

Established in 2001, the Manchester Weed & Seed (W&S) Strategy is an innovative, comprehensive multi-agency approach to law enforcement, crime prevention, and neighborhood revitalization.

“Very good hustle. We came here today to talk to you guys about sportsmanship. Sportsmanship is important when you’re playing the game but sportsmanship is also important when you’re out in the real world.”

Felix is the pride of the gym. In 2011 he won the Golden Gloves with a torn ligament in his left shoulder.

Police are trying to get to these kids early, to reduce the likelihood that they’ll turn to crime later on. So a lot of Weed and Seed’s strategy is to focus on helping kids.

The MPAL building has a sign out front that says it’s a Weed and Seed Safe Haven for kids. The federally-funded Weed and Seed program targeted an area of inner-city Manchester from 2001 to 2006. About 400 communities took part nationwide. Manchester was the only one in the state.

“We focus more on adults. On the adult workforce…”

The federal grant provided about $125,000 a year to the city. Some of that paid for a coordinator who worked to connect the police and a long list of different services. And even though the grant ended, it’s a network that still exists today.

“If every day is a struggle for them just to get food on the table then there might get to a point where the status quo isn’t good enough. And we often hear about folks who feel the need to take their situations into their own hands—whatever form that may take.”