ST. LOUIS, MO. February 10, 2015 – Reverend B. T. Rice, President and Chairman of the St. Louis Initiative to Reduce Violence (SIRV), has announced that Robbin Williams has joined SIRV as project manager.
“Robbin brings a wealth of experience across many different areas to SIRV,” Rev. Rice said. “He is a good fit for SIRV’s multi-level and holistic approach to solving the problem of violent crime in our region.”
SIRV’s vision is to act as an integrator and convenor of resources to increase community safety, engage youth in new ways to foster trust, and increase the quality of life for youth, families and the entire community by reducing violence.
“"I'm excited about creating opportunities for collaboration,” Williams said. “Law enforcement officials, educators, mental health professionals and clergy are all interested in helping people, and I want to support the work that's being done to engage these groups in collective impact that will change lives."
SIRV was formed two years ago by Rice. The group has an extensive board and working groups in several areas aimed at reducing violence, especially gun violence, among young people. The group is concentrating their initial efforts on District 6 in the City of St. Louis and in Jennings, in St. Louis County, at the current time.
Williams received a Master’s degree in public administration from the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri – Columbia, and a bachelor’s degree in English with a focus on African-American literature from Amherst College. While Williams was a graduate student at the University of Missouri- Columbia, he co-founded a non-profit called the New Media Network, which encouraged young people to use emerging technologies to share their perspectives on their neighborhoods. When he moved to St. Louis in 2010, he continued his work with youth as a program coordinator for Reasoning Mind. He then resumed his focus on public administration by interning with the University City Department of Community Development.
All of SIRV’s programs are made possible by caring individuals in the community and by grants from St. Louis Civic Progress and the St. Louis County Police Department. To donate to SIRV, and to learn more about how you can help, visit www.SIRVstl.org.