While Lexington is one of the safest cities in the nation, we ourselves have seen a rise in violent crime; especially among our youth and young adults, creating a need for increased intervention and coordination to verify where gaps in our services may exist.
That is why we created the ONE Lexington initiative in the summer of 2017 to coordinate all our activities addressing violent crime – inside city government, and outside, with our public and private partners. To tackle these issues, we understand that the City can’t solve these problems alone. This work calls for our faith and non-profit communities, schools, neighborhood leaders, along with our City government partners to wrap all of our arms, hearts and resources around these issues in order to make a difference.
We have created initiatives for youth and young adults to participate in.
To coordinate, leverage and mobilize City Government and community resources to enhance safety and quality of life in neighborhoods experiencing violent crime.
To inspire a generation of youth to see a positive future for themselves.
Youth Engagement Summit
Interested in mentoring and don't know where to start?
Our Youth Engagement Summits are a great place to identify ways to make a difference in the lives of our Lexington youth. You will hear from a variety of programs seeking mentors, which can help you select the mentoring opportunity that fits your talents, schedules and desires best. These summits include panel discussions, networking and lunch.
Consider hosting a Youth Engagement Summit for your business or faith community.
Learn about ways you can get involved in enhancing the lives of our Lexington youth.
The Youth Engagement Summit is a partnership between the ONE Lexington and the FCPS Community Partners Leadership Team. For more information, contact Devine Carama with ONE Lexington at (859) 258-3116 or Miranda M. Scully with FCPS at (859) 381-4241.
ONE Lexington Neighborhood Engagement Team
The ONE Lexington Neighborhood Engagement Team is made up of city government and community partners working together to enhance safety and quality of life in neighborhoods experiencing violent crime by realigning resources and developing sustainable services as needed/as able. The first neighborhood of focus is the Winburn neighborhood.
P.I.E.R. Approach to Enhancing Safety & Quality of Life
Using a public health approach to violence prevention, the ONE Lexington Neighborhood Engagement Team is using the P.I.E.R. strategy to guide our work beginning in the Winburn neighborhood. Our partners include neighbors and leaders representing the education, social services, justice, law enforcement, faith and health sectors.
Prevention – Preventing conditions that lead to crime.
Intervention – Identifying and supporting youth engaged in high risk behavior.
Enforcement – Keeping the community safe through building positive relationships and implementing community oriented policing and enforcement strategies.
Re-entry – Assisting incarcerated youth and young adults with successful transition to the community upon release.
Reducing violence and increasing the quality of life in our community takes all of us working together. Check out ways you can engage!
Submit your information and include ways that you and/or your organization is willing to help through mentoring youth, mentoring incarcerated youth or young adults, leading after-school programs, providing transportation for youth and young adults to get to and from needed services, contributing financially to support neighborhood-specific programs and services, and more.