Generous Donation Supports Anti-Violence Center

Monday, March 26, 2012

Saint Joseph’s University’s Richard Johnson Center for Anti-Violence received an anonymous donation in the amount of $10,000. The donation was made in the name of Patrick J. Carr, Ph.D., who served as the first director when the Richard Johnson Center was the Institute for Violence Research and Prevention (IVRP). Carr held the position of director, as well as assistant professor of sociology at SJU until 2005 when he transferred to Rutgers University. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Richard Johnson Center, and participates in certain research initiatives. He is presently an Associate Member of the MacArthur Foundation's Research Network on the Transitions to Adulthood and Public Policy, and is currently working on several research projects.

The generous donation will provide funding and support for the following initiatives:

The Homicide Project: Mike Lyons, ABD, assistant professor of English, and his students will document the stories of more than 100 murder victims from 2011 who were under the age of 25. The Juvenile Lifers Project: a multimedia performance piece performed by high school students from the Multi-Cultural Academy in Philadelphia. The second annual “Be the Solution” Youth Summit: SJU will host 100 young people from schools around the area to create youth engagement on violence reduction in their relationships, schools, and communities on April 21, 2012. “Be the Solution” citizenship campaign for students in middle and grade school. Phlash Mob for Peace: On April 28, 2012, fifty student performers will kick off the summer with a call for peace, and a reminder of the talent and potential that exists among Philadelphia’s youth. The Richard Johnson Center for Anti-Violence, formerly known as the Institute for Violence Research and Prevention, was re-named after Richard Johnson, a victim of a senseless act of violence that happens too often in Philadelphia. Johnson graduated from Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School in 2005 and was on his way to Saint Joseph’s University with a full academic scholarship.

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