More than a decade of impact in more than 130 cities nationwide

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Bringing the right people together

We work directly with mayors and elected officials, city leaders, community partners, and young people. Our network brings together a diverse group of stakeholders, while centering the voices and experiences of young Black men and boys.

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Mayors & Elected Officials
Senior leaders with the power to make decisions, allocate resources, and set the agenda on violence prevention and related issues
City Leads
Officials with a direct line of communication to their city’s mayor or city manager, who are focused on initiatives related to young Black men and boys and/or violence prevention
Young Leaders
Individuals aged 18 to 24 who have been directly affected by violence, and who are actively working to create a better future for young Black men and boys in their cities
Community Partners
Representatives of non-profit organizations, faith leaders, philanthropic partners, activists, grassroots organizations, educators, and more
Partner Cities
Over the past ten years, we’ve partnered with more than 130 cities to reimagine public safety and create safe, healthy, and hopeful communities. Find your city below, or contact us to start a conversation.
Our reach

130 Partner Cities

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Custom public safety plans created


Young Leader Fellows


Community partners engaged
Our impact

The Change We Seek

Cities United supports partner cities in developing comprehensive plans to accomplish these measurable outcomes within three years. Success depends on the implementation and sustainability of the plan as outlined in our Roadmap to Safe, Healthy, and Hopeful Communities.
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Homicide rate

Homicide rates are influenced by a variety of environmental, social, and cultural factors.
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Shooting Rate

Reducing shootings includes community violence reduction strategies.
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Adverse childhood experiences

Fewer adverse childhood experiences make children less likely to be future victims or perpetrators of violence.
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Employment Rate

Unemployment is a risk factor for higher rates of homicide.
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Educational Attainment

Increased educational attainment is associated with lower homicide risks.
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