Cities United



Amount Awarded

$600,000 over 3 Years

Focus Areas

Safe & Healthy Communities

Advocacy & Organizing

Field Building

Media, Communications, & Narrative Change


Cities United works with cities who have committed to making gun violence prevention central goals of their administrations. Cities United helps mayors in communities across the country to assess their current situations, increase opportunities for awareness, action, advocacy, and accountability. The organization provides assistance with planning and implementing solutions by sharing best practices, instituting innovative approaches, and understanding how and where to reconfigure resources. As an integral part of the model, Cities United requires representatives from government, community organizations, and young people to be part of the city's plan. The presence and focus on young people as part of the solution differentiates Cities United from other organizations.

Cities United

The Cities United Young Leader Fellowship is an intensive six-month experience designed for 18 - 24 year old young leaders in one of Cities United's 130 partner cities. The Fellowship seeks to build the pipeline of leaders committed to making sure all children grow up in safe, healthy and hopeful communities, while reducing the homicide and shooting rates of Black men and boys. Throughout the Fellowship Young leaders will engage with local leaders, mentors, and national experts to deepen their knowledge, skills, and network.