The Mercyhurst University Civic Institute is engaged with the community in many areas. Though recognized for evaluations and data collection and reporting, staff of the department are active participants in community initiatives relating to our current work. In some instances, the Civic Institute staff bring community partners together and facilitate dialogue; while at other times, staff are asked to participate and share their expertise and knowledge. The following are some of the partnerships where we are 'at the table' with the community.

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Community Based Crime Reduction

The Civic Institute is the research partner for the City of Erie's Community Based Crime Reduction (CBCR) Initiative. The CBCR is a research driven program out of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, and US Department of Justice that emphasizes crime reduction based on place, data-driven efforts that are community-oriented and build trust, partnerships and capacity within a neighborhood. The City of Erie's CBCR neighborhood is East 6th Street to East 26th Street and from Holland to Wayne Streets.

Erie Coalition For A Trauma-Informed Community

The coalition believes that trauma has a profound impact on the individual and community.

The Erie Coalition aims to ensure that a Trauma-Informed Community can help build the foundation for its residents to overcome the past, thrive in the present, and face the uncertain future with renewed confidence.

Erie County Continuum of Care & Home Team

Help is Here

The Home Team was created to promote a comprehensive, collaborative and sustained community approach to homelessness. Formed in 1997, it consists of local government representatives, service providers, business owners, consumers and concerned citizens. The Home Team's goal is to enable the person or family experiencing homelessness to become self-sufficient and to move into permanent housing.


Erie County Criminal Justice Coalition (ECCJC)

County Criminal Justice Advisory Boards (CJABs) are local planning and problem solving groups.

CJABs provide the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) with an efficient way to evaluate a county's suitability for support of criminal justice initiatives. Over the years, CJABs have become pivotal decision makers for justice-related issues at the county and local levels.

Erie County Heroin Task Force

The opioid crisis hits home.

The Heroin Overdose Awareness Task Force aims to raise awareness and take steps to help prevent addiction.


Erie County Truancy Task Force

The Truancy Task force was established in the late summer of 2007 by the Erie County Court of Common Pleas and is facilitated by Judge Stephanie Domitrovich. The task force includes city and county school districts in addition to juvenile court judges, child welfare, juvenile probation, non-profit social service agencies and other community stakeholders. The task force seeks to gain a thorough understanding of truancy and identify strategies to effectively address the issues in an effort to reduce truancy throughout Erie county.

Erie Together

Learn - Work - Thrive

Erie Together is working together to make the Erie region a community of opportunity where everyone can learn, work and thrive.

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Maternal & Child Health Task Force

The Maternal and Child Health Committee is facilitated by Early Connections Success by 6, an initiative of the United Way.  The committee seeks to promote comprehensive community health improvement processes by:

  • promoting positive maternal, child, adolescent, and family health outcomes in Erie County;

  • enhancing positive youth development and coordination of health services for youth; and

  • enhancing quality of life, prevention, and management of disability and infectious and chronic disease through coordinated efforts.

Neighborhood Resource Organization

Empowering the Erie area one neighborhood at a time.

The Neighborhood Resource Organization (NRO) is here to help empower you and your neighbors so you can bring positive change to your neighborhood and to the community.

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Positive Youth Development

Erie's 40 Assets

Positive Youth Development of Erie County is a county-wide collaborative initiative that utilizes the 40 Developmental Assets framework created by Search Institute to make Erie County PA the premiere place for youth to grow up great.



A Violence Reduction Initiative

UnifiedErie was formed in 2010 with the purpose of reducing crime & violence in Erie County, PA. It began with law enforcement, but soon branched out to encompass prevention and reentry. It is a collaborative effort, with invested members coming from multiple disciplines to work together on this important issue.

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United Way's Raising Readers

Raising Readers is the Erie community’s countywide local Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.  The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading focuses on an important predictor of school success and high school graduation — grade-level reading by the end of third grade.  The Raising Readers initiative is looking at three factors to help students become proficient readers by third grade: School Readiness, School Attendance, and Summer Learning.