Non-profits across San Antonio partnering to prevent violent crime in youth

SAN ANTONIO – After a slew of violent crimes in the last couple of weeks, non-profits across San Antonio are joining forces to prevent violent crime, and they believe it starts with young people.

The San Antonio Coalition Against Youth Violence believes community issues deserve community solutions.

The chairman Lloyd Patterson said the UTSA violent crime reduction plan isn’t an effective method because hotspots do not always predict problem areas.

Patterson believes violence prevention starts with multiple groups across the city consistently teaching grade school kids about gang violence and gun safety.

“That guy didn’t get killed on the east side. He was killed in a barbershop. He got killed in the area where it was highly unlikely that this type of violence would take place,” Patterson said.

Violent crime does not appear to be in one part of the city. Instead, it spreads throughout. That’s why the coalition is focusing on every part of San Antonio.

“Neighborhoods don’t commit violent acts. People do. And people are fluid,” Patterson said.

That’s why the coalition uses different non-profits to create partnerships in each quadrant of San Antonio.

For example, Rise Recovery will listen to concerned parents or teenagers from the southside and take their concerns to other area resources and potentially the rest of the coalition.

“They bring them to the greater whole, to the bigger table, where we can all sit and discuss not only the problems that covered San Antonio as a whole, but what’s individually identified as a problem within that particular community,”

Communities in School will be the hub for the Northside. Big Mama’s Safe House will be the hub for the East side. Youth of Christ will be the hub for the West side.

“If it’s a problem at the community level. The solution has to be generated at the community level,” Patterson said.

About the Authors:

Camelia Juarez is a news reporter at KSAT 12. She joined the station in 2022. Camelia comes from a station in Lubbock, Texas. Now, she is back in her hometown. She received her degree from Texas State University. In her free time, Camelia enjoys thrifting, roller-skating and spending time with family and friends.

Before starting at KSAT in August 2011, Ken was a news photographer at KENS. Before that he was a news photographer at KVDA TV in San Antonio. Ken graduated from San Antonio College with an associate's degree in Radio, TV and Film. Ken has won a Sun Coast Emmy and four Lone Star Emmys. Ken has been in the TV industry since 1994.