Safe & Sound Hillsborough

The Hillsborough County Community Violence Prevention Collaborative (VPC or Collaborative) was created in the summer of 2013 as an initiative to transform the way local policy makers address violence. This initiative shifts policy from a public safety to a public health model and aligns community and professional stakeholders to develop a comprehensive prevention and intervention approach.

Our Vision

Working together to build strong families, safe schools and healthy neighborhoods.

 

Our Values

Violence is preventable.
Address the gaps to ensure all children and youth have nurturing and supportive families and communities.
Build on strengths of youth, families, professionals and community.
Promote the value of equity and ensure equal opportunities by investing resources where they will have the greatest impact and improving the infrastructure of neighborhoods where social problems have accumulated.
Focus on those at risk due to exposure to child maltreatment, intimate partner violence and community violence.

Our Goals

Support the Health and Well-Being of All Families
Cultivate a Connected Community
Improve Conditions in Neighborhoods Most Impacted by Violence
Coordinate Efforts to Maximize our Impact

How We Got Started

The Hillsborough County Community Violence Prevention Collaborative (VPC or Collaborative) was created in the summer of 2013 as an initiative to transform the way local policy makers address violence. This initiative shifts policy from a public safety to a public health model and aligns community and professional stakeholders to develop a comprehensive prevention and intervention approach…

Working together to build strong families, safe schools, and healthy neighborhoods.

One man’s mission to curb violence in Hillsborough County 

Freddy Barton is the executive director of Safe & Sound Hillsborough, a violence prevention collaborative that puts communities first. Read Full Tampa Bay Times Article

Teen Consequences of Choices Program

Safe & Sound Hillsborough partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, and the Corrections Transition Program to provide an innovative, fun, and interactive workshop entitled “Consequences of Choices”, serving over 100 teens this summer.  Learn More

Become a Mental Health First Aider

Safe & Sound Hillsborough now offers free in-person and virtual Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training, a public education program that helps individuals across the country to understand mental illnesses, support timely intervention and save lives. Learn More

2020 Annual Report

It’s no secret that 2020 presented unprecedented challenges. The pandemic is still ravaging our communities, resulting in economic downturn that serves as a constant reminder of how challenging times can disproportionally impact underserved communities. With challenges come opportunities, and we would like to share some of our triumphs. We look forward to building a safer and stronger community together. Annual Report

GIRL-NOMIC$ Making Mogul Moves
Financial Literacy Summer Program

Safe & Sound Hillsborough is proud to partner with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (Tampa Bay Chapter) and Brighthouse Financial to present Girl-Nomic$ Making Mogul Moves: A Free Virtual Summer Program embracing financial security and generational wealth by providing training and information to youth. Program dates: June 21-25 for rising 6th-8th graders and July 5-9 for rising 9th-12th graders.

SafeSummit Violence Prevention Conference

SafeSummit is a one-day conference bringing together youth, young adults, residents, employers, law enforcement officers, and community partners to discuss solutions to reduce violence. With an emphasis on educating and empowering our community,