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Cities United supports a national network of mayors committed to creating safe, healthy and hopeful communities by reducing the epidemic of homicides and shootings among young Black men and boys ages 14-24 by 50% by 2025. We are committed to working alongside mayors and representatives from their communities to develop comprehensive and equitable strategies; implement healing centered solutions using a public health approach; promote cultural specific evaluation methodology and; plan for long-term sustainability.

Since 2011, Cities United has provided training and technical assistance to an increasing network of cities and continues to serve as a valuable resource. We offer a number of programs, services and guides to our partner cities in-kind or at a reduced rate with an ultimate goal of increasing the number of cities implementing comprehensive public safety plans rooted in social justice, equity, youth voice, collaboration and innovation.

Cities United team members and employees are guided by five core values and key principles. We believe that when each of our values and principles are aligned and applied the Cities United team can accomplish our vision of SafeHealthy and Hopeful communities! 

Our Principles:

  • Innovative
  • Supportive
  • Collaborative
  • Flexible
  • Exceeds Expectations

Our Values:

  • Social Justice
  • Youth Voice
  • Equity
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation

Cities United is a project of Tides Center.

Cities United supports a national network of mayors committed to creating safe, healthy and hopeful communities by reducing the epidemic of homicides and shootings among young Black men and boys ages 14-24 by 50% by 2025. We are committed to…

Issue Areas Include

  • Children & Youth
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Crime & Safety
  • Prison Reform
  • Race & Ethnicity

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