Kiwanis Club of Rockford - Practices in Modem Policing and Police-Youth Engagement

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17 Dec 2020

Research has documented the strained relationship between law enforcement and youth, specifically youth who are (1) from urban environments, (2) from lower socio-economic areas, (3) male, and (4) a minority. These studies demonstrate that these youth may hold an implicit bias against police; moreover, they may demonstrate their perceptions of injustice and societal marginalization by acting disrespectfully toward police. Similarly, studies find that police officers may hold unconscious biases against minority youth and make assumptions about young people based on their race, age, dress and appearance. - Practices in Modern Policing, Police-Youth Engagement 


The Kiwanis Club of Rockford, Inc. has created this RFP seeking proposals from 501(c)(3) organizations, neighborhood associations, faith-based entities, or police departments in collaboration with a 501(c)(3) with the potential for multi-year funding up to $25,000 per year from the Kiwanis Charities of Rockford, Inc.

Proposals must focus on:

  • Building relations between youth ages 10-15 and law enforcement in the City of Rockford;
  • Specific high-risk geographies;
  • Collaboration among cross-sector (nonprofit, government, business) partners;
  • Research-based best practices with demonstrated impact; and
  • How Kiwanis Club of Rockford members might engage as volunteers in the proposed initiative.  (Optional)

Interested applicants must: 1) complete the application,  2) submit an annual project budget form, and  3) submit an annual budget for the applying organization or association. Deadline for applications is March 15, 2021. Awardee(s) will be asked to publicize the project linking the project/program to a gift from Kiwanis Charities of Rockford. 

For additional information on the application, please do not hesitate to contact the following Kiwanis Charities of Rockford members:

Lori Berkes-Nelson                                                      Pam Clark Reidenbach
815-979-6356                                                               815-494-6815