Pittsburgh Gun Violence

Organized by: Todd Elliott Koger

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As is always the case at rallies against violence, there will be eloquent and impassioned speeches about the need for self-esteem, the value of education and the importance of conflict resolution. What won't be in the offing are easy answers about how to deal with the plague of gun violence.

Todd Elliott Koger wants to rebuild Pittsburgh's BLACK NEIGHBORHOODS "from the ground up!" He wants a broad city-wide subsidized jobs program that will guarantee a minimum income for BLACK FAMILIES and give BLACK BOYS and GIRLS an education, job, and house to live in.

NEED In the past six months shootings in Pittsburgh have increased 10 percent and gun assaults are up 44 percent. 71 of 88 BLACK LIVES so far in 2015. 88 of 105 BLACK LIVES in 2014, the highest murder total in five years. Black boys and girls have lost confidence in Pittsburgh orderly system of doing things. For too too long now black boys and girls have been oppressed and neglected by the great weight of poverty and a broken education system.

Pittsburgh black neighborhoods are "pitiless Darwinian testing ground" in which black youth must now everyday try NOT to be killed. Society's emptiness for their needs is frightening.

America must reckon with this moral debt. There is no other way to stop the primordial behavior that now kills without feelings or judgment. Unemployment, poverty, declining physical structures, single-parent households, violent crime, drug-related activity, poor health, and hunger are all among the problems suffered disproportionately. 


The target communities have a high incidence of (1) violent crime evidenced by a high rate of calls of police service; (2) drug-related activity as evidence by sales and known crack houses; (3) economic deprivation evidenced by substantially high unemployment, food stamps dependency and public assistance; and, (4) an elevated high school dropout rate. As the litany suggests, the needs are great.


Todd Elliott Koger's proposal is a PLAN with provision to help black youth earn an education, find a job, and build equity (earn a home to live in when they complete the program).

A PLAN to teach black youth everything for demolition of blighted structures, to site preparation, brick laying, electrical work, plumbing, home building, and other.

The best way for black boys and girls to get better is to let them "with their own hand" clear the land and rebuild things. A PLAN to build NEW black neighborhoods right in the midlle of the old.

Help Mr. Koger create an opportunity for Pittsburgh's black youth to go to bed and wake up in a new home that they build for their family. They just need one person. One person!!! To never give up on them.


The fiscal system will maintain a set of accounts of original entry under a system of sound internal accounting and administrative control to the extent necessary to document all transactions and to evaluate and permit audits of the system. Such provisions will provide control and assurances as to safeguarding all assets and funds received against loss from unauthorized use or disposition.

The fiscal system will have provision and responsibility for implementing the development of private funds and/or partnerships with government and community-based organizations in a manner sufficient to achieve matching private funds for a second, third or fourth year.

A long-range plan will be established by the midpoint of the first year. The premise: It is understood that everything can't be completed and accomplished at once. Making a coordinated plan is essential. Particular goals will be targeted initially and as time goes areas will be emphasized and other areas of past success will be maintained.

Within the first month of actual operation, the deputy administrator will develop a plan for performance evaluation. Included in the plan will be provision for immediate modifications and/or revisions concerning performance when problems have been identified.

At the end of each fiscal year and/or long-term period, the program will have a measurable performance standard from which to be held accountable for success and failure.


1. One individual (man or woman) will serve as the lead applicant as part of a partnership grant application for the program, but other public and private partners whose mission is to provide job preparation and training, placement assistance, employment opportunities, and related social services and supports for youth with special needs (to help them enjoy the dignity and benefits of work and a better quality of life) will be identified and recruited to collaborate and make the project a success.

2. At a minimum to participate youth will be required to do nothing more than complete an application specifically developed to collect relevant information related to this opportunity, and every unemployed youth (and targeted communities) will be identified and approached at least once or twice.

The completed applications will be screened (any ambiguity clarified with the applicant) and a second meeting scheduled immediately to determine the applicant's true interest and assess actual needs.

3. Educational and job training services and support activities are planned to provide instruction (life and workplace skills) necessarily to balance employment, family and personal needs. That is long-term vocational success is contingent upon the ability of an individual to manage the demands of whole-life activities.

Attitude skills, communication, critical thinking, motivation, personal/social skills, leisure planning, self-presentation, life management skills and the use of community resources (supports and infrastructure that will be needed to maintain employment and family) are planned topics to be addressed in this component.

4. Job readiness activities will focus on preparing participants to meet employers' expectations and the region's labor market demand. Hiring trends, career exploration, networking, interview strategies, leadership skill development, job retention and career development/advancement strategies are planned topics.

The educational and job training plans will be individualized to meet the expected diverse educational and cultural backgrounds, and skills level of the participants.

Once sufficient private and/or public funds are identified participants will begin to receive minimum wage pay (during the academic and support services educational phase of the program) as positive reinforcement.

5. Leadership development activities will be incorporated into the daily schedule. Technical and tactical proficiency; communication, professional ethics; planning; use of available systems; decision making; teaching and counseling; conflict resolution; supervision; and team development, are planned topics to be addressed in this component.

In addition, each participant will be required to identify a community need that can be addressed through a group volunteer activity.

6. Counseling and support services are the primary objectives of the program. As an Ombudsman the lead applicant will keep current about community resources available to assist any youth identified. He or she will share information with, and make referrals regularly to, community-based partners which provide the needed services.

In particular, these services include drug and alcohol treatment, food banks, emergency shelters and transitional housing, medical services, psychological counseling, services for abused women and children, and more.

7. Case management will be provided to instill principles of fellowship, good character and uplifting of humanity into the lives of the participants.

The lead applicant will develop provision to allow daily case management/counseling contact with each participant, and intensive case management services will be provided on an as needed basis (when a participant is absent or displays any behavior that raises questions regarding the individual's motivation to continue).

8. Job coaching contacts are planned for any participant actually placed into employment to reinforce academic, leadership, job readiness, and life skills learned in the classroom.

9. On-the-job training is planned to provide the participants with work experience to facilitate an informed decision when choosing a career.

In addition, the training is structured so that participants will develop confidence and realized the fruit of their labor.

Planned partnerships with the region's business community will guarantee 100 percent placement of those completing the program. That is, the program will teach marketable job skills, and help neighborhood youth gain a positive and productive life (giving hardest to reach residents a beginning means of achieving a future for them and their families). The following outline indicates the job development and placement objectives. Identify job opportunities and secure employer commitments. Prepare participants for job interviews, including checking references. Match participants to jobs and arrange interviews. Conduct follow-up job coaching, documenting results. Conduct follow-up interviews to ensure successful placement and an employee/employer match.

10. Special provision to Map blight and decay is also planned.

Many neighborhoods continued to be plagued with areas of blight and decay, often exemplified with streets of run-down and abandoned housing. Creation of affordable housing represents a major step toward a stable society.


An established nonprofit partner will agree to perform, in a good faith and professional manner, the servicing, administration and supervision of the Project. It will immediately hire the lead applicant as the Executive Director to develop an implementation plan (i.e., within weeks he or she will develop a program manual, personnel policy, and the like), and when funding permits hire a profession and capable support staff.

The Executive Director will be responsible for the administration, management and overall operation of the program. He or she will be responsible for setting up the administrative office and training center.

The office will have regular business hours, and will be located on a public transportation route. The hours will be posted and advertised.

Phones will always be answered, and every concern will be immediately addressed, and the participant's success will be measured by more than just enrollment, but the overall empowerment the individual will provide to his or her family, the group, and their neighborhood as a whole.

All personnel and sub-recipient personnel whose salaries are paid in whole or in part by the funding provider will keep accurate time records. The records will be kept current and readily available for inspection.

Authorized time sheets will accompany each request for funds. These time sheets will coincide with the time logs in the administrative nonprofit's files. All personal files will be protected under local, state, and federal privacy laws.

At the end of the first month of actual operation, the Executive Director will implement a "hand-on" leadership training session for any staff (based upon his or her professional study of other programs). In addition, the local university and college community will be lobbied to provide specialized staff training (lectures, classroom instruction, and special workshops).

Funding permitted a deputy administrator will also be hired for fiscal management within the first month. If not, he or she will be hired within three weeks of actual operation to implement a fiscal plan having the ability to generate accurate and timely fiscal information, and to submit such reports as required by the Executive Director, nonprofit partner, and/or any funding source.


Those providing grant and government funds for this project will be responsible for the administration of their individual contract. With respect to substantive decisions related to the carrying out of contract activities, including the modification or termination of any contract, the relevant funding provider will act at the direction of its own administration.

A designated administrator of the funding provider will maintain oversight of all work performed by the administrative nonprofit partner and/or any designated subcontractor. The funding provider will additionally provide guidance and cooperation vis-a-vis linkage with its social service network.

The administrative nonprofit partner, by quarterly written report, will inform any funding provider of the implementation of planned activities. Quarterly financial reports will be submitted within 30 days following each quarter, until such time as all funds have been expended or the period of availability has expired.

Additionally, brief narrative quarterly progress reports will be submitted within 30 days following each quarter. The progress report will provide detailed account of activities undertaken during that quarter (any obstacles encountered during the project's implementation and how these obstacles were addressed, will be identified along with the next quarter's goals).

With the Third quarter report, during a full program year, the administrative nonprofit will include an assessment of the program sustainability at the conclusion of the contract, and the level of funding required, if any, to continue program operation into a second, third or fourth year.

A draft final report which summarizes project activities and employment outcomes and related results of the program will be submitted no later than the expiration date of the funding. The final report will be submitted no later than 60 days after the funding expiration date.

The funding provider will furnish the administrative nonprofit partner with its procedure for "request for payment." The administrative nonprofit partner will use such procedure to itemize all personnel, project management, and consultant services expenses for the period of the cost report.

The Executive Director of the project will list each invoice for personnel, project management, and consultant services, the date of, and period covered by each invoice and the applicable funding source share of that invoice as outlined in the approved cost allocation plan.

All invoices must be totaled and that amount must agree with the contracted amount requested for that period of time.

The Executive Director will complete a "Contract Status Report" to accompany each "Request for Payment." The administrative nonprofit partner understands that project management expense incurred will not be approved by the finding source unless the request satisfies all requirements described within.

Request for Payments" which do not fulfill all requirements will be returned to the Executive Director for correction. The funding source will not make any corrections.

The administrative nonprofit partner agrees to make certain that all "Request for Payments" are complete and accurate prior to submission.

INCOME AND EXPENSE BUDGET (To be completed upon request)

FUNDING SCHEDULE (To be completed upon request)

CONCLUSION Help Todd Elliott Koger fix Pittsburgh's broken and chaotic black neighborhoods by funding his project. $100,000.00 and seed money is current requested.

Todd Elliott Koger's Funding Campaign Citizens Bank 5550 Centre Avenue Pittsburgh, Pa 15232


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