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.

Happy Holidays and a wonderful new year

Hello! We here at Safe & Sound Hillsborough bring you greetings during this Holiday season. Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or any other special occasion. Whether you’re traveling on the road or staying local, we hope that you and your families remain safe and sound.

2022 brought us a little closer as we transitioned back to in-person events and meetings. And as we continue to work alongside our community to develop solutions to reduce and prevent violence, we realize that while there’s so much more work to do, we have to take a pause and recognize some of the work that has been done and the results that have come from it. Read More

Anti-violence program encourages young people to consider consequences

Safe and Sound, a violence prevention collaborative in Hillsborough County, Fla., recently launched a yearlong program aimed at young people to prevent community violence. Read full County News article – pg4

 

Teen charged in shooting of unmarked patrol car

“Freddy Barton, executive director of Safe and Sound Hillsborough, said young people getting involved in gun violence is a growing concern. As a father of two, Barton said he’s concerned about their safety and welfare which is why he works with youth in Hillsborough County.” Watch Video Bay News 9

 

2022 Julianne M. Holt Service Excellence Award Recipient

Congratulations to Safe & Sound Hillsborough’s Executive Director Freddy Barton for being honored today by the Juvenile Justice Board, Circuit Thirteen as the 2022 recipient of the Julianne M. Holt Service Excellence Award. Learn More

Youth Leadership Program

Safe & Sound Hillsborough is thrilled to continue our partner alongside the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 2022-2023 Youth Leadership Program with students from Young Middle Magnet School. This year’s theme is CONNECTION and addresses 5 components: Self-Awareness, Responsible Decision-Making, Self-Management, Relationship Skills and Social Awareness . Learn More

A mission to curb violence in Hillsborough 

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

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Linebacker J.J. Russell supports Safe & Sound Hillsborough through NFL’s My Cause, My Cleats Campaign

We sincerely thank the NFL, our social justice partners the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Linebacker J.J. Russell for choosing Safe & Sound Hillsborough as his “My Cause, My Cleats” non-profit organization this year.
The NFL’s annual campaign was created for players to raise awareness for non-profit organizations and causes that has personally impacted their lives off the field and to wear their heart on their cleats during an upcoming game. Learn More