In late 2015, Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland stepped up its efforts to curb street violence by taking over management of the Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance, an anti-crime initiative. The group had been operating as a coalition of agencies, including Guardian Angels, Peace in the Hood, Icons and No Return. Under BGCC management, the Peacemakers Alliance continues to work in cooperation with the Cleveland Police Department and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
The Peacemakers Alliance employs outreach workers – including some former gang members – who have street credibility. The group is involved in mediation, gang interaction, violence prevention, conflict resolution, case management, family services and intervention following violent incidents.
All Peacemakers Alliance workers are directly supervised by BGCC staff members. Funding for the initiative includes support from the Cleveland Foundation.
The Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance was founded in 2009 and represents five police districts throughout the city of Cleveland. Members are trained to anticipate where violent youth crimes may occur and intervene before it erupts. The alliance strives to engage the entire community to change behavior and recognize that violence is an ineffective way to resolve conflict.