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Knoxville’s Save Our Sons Initiative is part of a larger national network of mayors called Cities United, and in response to President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper challenge.

The purpose of Save Our Sons is to work with community partners to address persistent opportunity gaps and to eliminate violence-related deaths among boys and young men of color.

Area of Focus

The Save Our Sons (SOS) Program is a city-wide program, but we were recently awarded a grant from the State of Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice Programs’ Targeted Community Crime Reduction Program (TCCRP) to focus on a smaller target area. For the purposes of the TCCRP grant, we focus on an area where violent crime is particularly high. The target area for that grant is Knoxville’s Project Safe Neighborhood Zone (PSNZ). It is an area covering approximately 2.75 square miles located adjacent to and northeast of the Downtown area. This area includes parts of the Five Points neighborhood, in addition to parts of the Morningside, Edgewood, Parkridge, Park City and Burlington neighborhoods.

Save Our SonsHistory

In 2013, Mayor Rogero joined with mayors across the country in the Cities United initiative to eliminate violence-related deaths among boys and young men of color and to increase opportunities for their success.

Mayor Rogero also convened a local advisory group to help identify the challenges that Knoxville's sons face, as well as to connect and coordinate the efforts of local stakeholders working to address those challenges. In February 2014, she led a delegation of these advisors to a Cities United conference on violence prevention and strategies for building safe, healthy and hopeful communities.

Under Mayor Rogero’s leadership, the City of Knoxville also accepted President Barack Obama's My Brother's Keeper Community Challenge to address persistent opportunity gaps and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.

Summits are being held across the country to bring together key stakeholders to implement a coherent “cradle-to-college-and-career” strategy for improving the life outcomes of all young people, with a special focus on boys and young men of color. Knoxville has held two summits, the Save Our Sons Summit and the Sons Summit.