Uniting to Prevent Targeted Violencein Southeast Wisconsin (UPTV-WI)is a non-partisan civic engagement program that builds relationships across differences to prevent targeted violence in Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine, Walworth, and Waukesha counties. The program has three goals:
Build relationships across ideological, racial, generational, and geographic differences
Increase community members’ access to a) primary prevention services through community partner-led projects, and b) at-risk individuals’ access to tailored services through threat assessment and management teams
Raise community awareness of targeted violence threats so people are comfortable referring individuals displaying concerning behavior to receive tailored services
We take a public health approach to preventing targeted violence (premeditated violence directed at a specific individual, group, or location). This means we support community-led efforts to reduce societal risk factors such as increased social isolation and sense of powerlessness, as well as decreased social connectedness and economic stability.
Our program is based on the theory that we can tackle these underlying causes of targeted violence by working hand-in-hand with local organizations and institutions to connect and collaborate across differences and reduce harmful divisions.
UPTV-WI began in October 2023 and ends in September 2025.
How it works: There are three pillars of UPTV-WI:
Uniters - The foundation of the program is a cohort of 28 southeast WI community members (Uniters) who will be selected to work across generational, geographic, political, racial, and other differences to prevent targeted violence. Uniters will strengthen collaboration skills, build relationships, and work with a community organization to implement a project in their county that supports the partner's efforts and addresses targeted violence. A $10,000 budget will support each initiative. Want to become a Uniter? For more information and to apply, see here.
Threat Assessment and Management (TAM) Teams - Uniters and community partners work with county officials to support and strengthen TAM teams to detect and act on warning signs of targeted violence. If you are interested in getting involved in a county-wide TAM Team in Waukesha, Milwaukee, Walworth, Racine, or Kenosha, please reach out at email@example.com.
Neighborhood Networks - We set up and maintain neighborhood networks in partnership with crews of local 'Network Stewards' in four communities in Southeast Wisconsin. These neighborhood networks leverage email, text, and an app to help people plug into their neighborhood to connect offline, make decisions, and take actions to shape their communities. These Network Stewards will be a mix of Uniters, community partners, stakeholders, and maybe even you! Each neighborhood network will have a Neighborhood Fund that active neighbors get to allocate. If you're interested to learn more, please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.