TA Services Offered

Technical assistance is only available to Cities United member cities and it is currently focused on the following five areas as identified through an analysis of assessments completed by participating cities.

  • Developing and/or refining a comprehensive local plan to reduce violence and violence related deaths among Black males
  • Integrating an understanding of race, racism and African American history and culture into local CU organizing, planning and work efforts
  • Collecting, analyzing and using data across systems to drive local strategy development and implementation efforts
  • Developing and delivering a clear and compelling message about the importance of, and everyone’s critically important role in, reducing violence and promoting health and well-being among Black males
  • Capacity building to identify, access, and leverage additional resources (financial and other) in support of local planning and implementation efforts


Technical Assistance Formats

TA will be available in multiple formats to best align with local city needs and timeframes, and in ways that promote peer-to-peer learning and sharing. These TA formats will include:

  • In-person TA support for local planning, facilitated dialogue and discussion meetings and training
  • Technology-based TA support, including webinars, facilitated conference calls, and through the use of Skype / similar communication technologies
  • Peer-to-peer sharing and learning opportunities via site visits, linkages via conference calls and webinars, and similar digital technologies
  • Connecting cities with additional information and resources (experts, research, materials, information, organizations, etc.)

This website is an important information and technical assistance resource for cities and communities. The website can be utilized as a first step toward meeting your local TA and information needs. As it continues to evolve the site will feature articles, research, highlights of best practices, a resource guide, and other supports, and will also be a centralized place to make TA requests.


TA Support Request and Approval Process

Within two weeks of you making a TA request, you will receive information about the status of your request, and for approved requests, a description of next steps for proceeding, and a proposed timeline. If a specific request is not approved in its submitted form, additional strategy suggestions will be shared and discussed for supporting the proposed city effort(s).

  • Timeline for in-person TA – For requests that require in-person TA, scheduling and preparation for in-person meetings will be built into the timeline for meeting the request. In-person TA requests will be addressed within 60-90 days of the request (or less) with planning, pre-work, and ongoing communication occurring regularly between the identified TA provider and the designated city contact person(s).
  • Timeline for other TA – For less intensive TA supports (linkages to information/resources, webinars, conference calls, etc.), those requests will be addressed within 30 days of the request, or as soon as possible thereafter.
  • General considerations around timelines – The timelines above are optimal; however, the availability of city participants, expert TA resources, and other factors may require customized timelines that fall outside of the timeframes described above.


We look forward to providing additional TA support as your CU work continues to develop. If you are concerned that your TA needs do not exactly fall within the areas described above, we encourage you to make the request through this process and provide an opportunity for the TA team to work with you in meeting the request, or helping to connect you to a resource who may be better suited to address your needs.

How to Request Technical Assistance

If you would like to learn more about or formally request TA please send an email to technicalassistance [at] citiesunited.org.


Past Technical Assistance Webinars

Strategic Communications to Mobilize Around Your Cities United Agenda

The Wonder: Strategies for Good team led a strategic communications webinar to equip city leads and others active in local Cities United efforts with the messaging and tools they need to help mayors and city leaders see and understand the value and impact of Cities United as a key resource and partner. These communications tools can also help mobilize local stakeholders to support cities’ efforts to tackle violence through comprehensive strategies that involve all corners of the community.

Date: November 16, 2016
Presentation Slides:cu_cityleadscommunicationstraining_1116v2


Addressing Housing Issues in CU Cities: Cities United Webinar
Across the country there are tens of thousands youth and young adults that are homeless or suffer from insecure housing, many of them young men most at risk for violence and/or with criminal records.  This webinar features experts from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to discuss, resources, programs and promising practices providing safe and healthy homes for youth.
Date: November 2, 2016
Link: https://caseyfamily.adobeconnect.com/p55t31ceped/
Presentation Slideshttps://citiesunited.gridprinciples.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Cities-United-Webinar-Addressing-Housing-Needs-in-CU-Cities-11-2-16.pdf

Youth Employment/Summer Employment: Cities United Webinar
One of the foundational principles of Cities United is incorporating workforce development initiatives into all strategies for an effective violence prevention/reduction effort. The connection between unemployment, high school graduation rates, and well-being for African American males continues to be illuminated in current research and initiatives. Cities United is committed to supporting its Partner Cities in the creation of a strategic workforce development approach that leads to better outcomes and contributes to the reduction of violence and violence-related deaths of African American males. To that end, Cities United is pleased to bring representatives from Hampton, VA, Louisville, KY, and the White House together for a webinar to discuss strategies, resources, and information related to youth employment/summer employment focusing on addressing the needs of African American males.
Date: March 22, 2016
Link: https://caseyfamily.adobeconnect.com/p5huti8e1gl/
Presentation Slideshttps://citiesunited.gridprinciples.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Cities-United-PowerPoint-Summer-Employment-March-22nd-Webinar.pdf

Intersection of Structural Racism and Structural Violence: Understanding Implications for Structural Change in Cities, Webinar #3
Focus: Structural Change
Date: Oct 30, 2015
Link: https://caseyfamily.adobeconnect.com/p8bxvncu1og/
Presentation Slideshttps://citiesunited.gridprinciples.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Cities-United-Webinar-Structural-Change-PowerPoint-Oct.-30-2015-FINAL.pdf

Intersection of Structural Racism and Structural Violence: Understanding Implications for Structural Change in Cities, Webinar #2
Focus: Structural Violence
Date: Oct 16, 2015
Link: https://caseyfamily.adobeconnect.com/p3qr9x9xyz0/
Presentation Slideshttps://citiesunited.gridprinciples.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Cities-United-Webinar-Structural-Violence-10.16.15.pdf

Intersection of Structural Racism and Structural Violence: Understanding Implications for Structural Change in Cities, Webinar #1
Focus: Structural Racism
Date: Oct 1, 2015
Link: https://caseyfamily.adobeconnect.com/p4xakt05fo4/
Presentation Slideshttps://citiesunited.gridprinciples.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/FINAL-Structural-Racism-Cities-United-October-2015-Series-Webinar-1-.pdf

Developing a Strategic Cities United Agenda – July 24, 2015
Presentation Slideshttps://citiesunited.gridprinciples.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Developing-a-Strategic-Cities-United-Agenda-Webinar-Slides-7.24.15.pdf

Building Political Will to Change

Creating a Local Leadership Team and City Wide Workgroup Commission

Developing a Plan of Action

Collecting and Using Data

Engaging Philanthropy

Working at the Neighborhood Level to Impact Violent Deaths of African American Men and Boys

Authentic Youth Engagement for a Cities United Agenda

Workforce Strategies for a Cities United Agenda

Juvenile and Restorative Justice Strategies for a Cities United Agenda

Education Strategies for a Cities United Agenda


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