Richard Johnson Center for Anti-Violence

In the News

Below is a partial list of the Richard Johnson Center for Anti-Violence in the news:

          -NBC 10 news clip of An Evening with Deputy Commissioner Richard J. Ross visit to SJU - Link

-Maria Kefalas discusses the effecs of violence on children on WHYY's Radio Times, June 27th, 2011 - Link

-Fox 29 interviews students from Multicultural Academy and Maria Kefalas about their experience creating teen dating violence PSA - Link

-Philadelphia Inquirer's Dan Rubin writes about the teen dating violence PSA done in collaboration with the Philadelphia Youth Solutions Project and students from Multicultural Academy - Link

-Maria Kefalas, Pat Carr, and Susan Clampet-Lundquist article on the Stop Snitching phenomenon featured on The Root, May 17th, 2011 - Link

-Book review, From Music Man to Methland, of Nick Reding's Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town, by Maria Kefalas, in the American Sociological Association's Winter 2011 of Contexts

-Richard Johnson Center for Anti-Violence Director, Maria Kefalas, interviewed on NPR's Marketplace about Generation R, January 6th, 2011 - Link

-Maria Kefalas quoted on the issue of drugs in North Philadelphia, December 12th, 2010, - Link

-New York Times article on the "culture of poverty" mentions the work of Maria Kefalas and Harvard sociologist Kathryn Edin with low-income mothers, October 17th, 2010 - Link

-Maria Kefalas discusses the issue of unemployment and poverty in Philadephia's North District, October 10th, 2010, - Link

-Media Coverage of Fourth Annual Candlelight Vigil on February 18th, 2010 - Movie

-Newsweek article discussing Hollowing out the Middle, written by Center director Maria Kefalas and Advisory Board Member Patrick Carr, October 30th, 2009 - Link

-Richard Johnson Center for Anti-Violence Director, Maria Kefalas, discusses the drop in homicides in Philadelphia, March 16th, 2008, on MyFox Philadelphia - Link

-Candlelight Vigil to memorialize 392 homicide victims in Philadelphia for 2008, February 22th, 2008, covered by NBC10 Channel news - Link

-Center Advisory Board Member, Scott Charles on outreach program "Cradle to Grave," and life in Temple University Hospital's Trauma Bay, May 30th, 2007 Philadelphia Weekly Cover Story - Link

-Center Director, Maria Kefalas, on the rising murder rate in "Killadelphia" in the May 3th, 2007 Bloomberg News - Link

-Center Advisory Board Member, Patrick Carr, discusses drug trafficking and the "Top 10 Drug Corners," May 2nd, 2007, Philadelphia Weekly - Link

Award Announcements

RJC Recieves Grant from the 2012 Social and Pastoral Research Grant from the Jesuit Conference

The Richard Johnson Center for Anti-Violence recently received a 2012 Social and Pastoral Research Grant in the amount of $5,650.00 from the Jesuit Conference! The grant will assist the RJC in its continual work acting and educating on the “faith that does justice,” by supporting a project that recognizes the Center for listening to the poor and marginalized, while reshaping attitudes on controversial social issues.

The program involves the production of testimonials by eight prison inmates at Pennsylvania’s largest maximum security prison, located in Montgomery County. These inmates were convicted and sentenced to life in prison for crimes they committed as juveniles. Saint Joseph’s University students will collaborate with inmates on their testimonies, and following the development of these testimonials, the Richard Johnson Center working with SJU filmmaker Deron Albright, will film the narratives of the testimonials, creating a multimedia performance series combining research, oral histories, and performance. The result will be a filmed project/installation that will be screened publically, and remain on “permanent display” within the Richard Johnson Center’s social media community, the Philadelphia Youth Solutions Project. Narratives and performances will be shown to students in Philadelphia schools to inspire youth engagement and youth citizenship on the issues of youth violence and juvenile offenders.

RJC Recieves Award from University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice

We are extremely excited to announce that graduate students from Penn's School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2) have chosen PYSP to be the recipient of this year's Caps to Community award! The Caps to Community Fund allows University of Pennsylvania graduates to re-affirm commencement traditions while taking part in collective action to mobilize untapped resources on behalf of Philadelphia. This sustainable annual fund supports organizations serving the communities around Penn's campus.

Graduating students each cast their vote for a community organization to receive all funds collected, and we are proud to say PYSP was chosen! The $2,500 dollar award will be used to support on-going PYSP programs in Philadelphia's schools and communities. PYSP wishes to give a HUGE thank you to the School of Social Policy and Practice for their generosity.

You can learn more about Caps to Community here

Director Maria Kefalas writes:

We are so pleased and honored to earn the recognition that the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice's gift for the Philadelphia Youth Solutions Project represents. Since 2010, we have worked to combine research and outreach to build youth engagement to fight violence in the city's neighborhoods and schools. At present, we work with hundreds of youngsters, ranging in ages from 10 to 18 years old, in 9 schools. This year, our programs included bringing over 1200 youngsters from around the city to see the award winning film Bully, hosting our second annual "Be the Solution" Youth Summit, organizing a flash mob for peace at Love Park, launching a cybercitizenship campaign to prevent on-line bullying and harassment, producing an anti-school violence video with students at Kensington International Business High School, and producing a multimedia installation based on the stories of inmates sentenced to life in prison for crimes they committed as juveniles. The PYSP hopes to partner with the Philadelphia School District and City Hall on anti-violence campaigns that utilize social media and youth perspective in the coming year.

Thank you to the graduates of Penn's School of Social Policy and Practice for this donation.

Every dollar of this gift will go back to serve the youth of the city of Philadelphia.

Maria Kefalas, Founder and Director, Philadelphia Youth Solutions Project