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The National Weed and Seed Program Analysis

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Review the program's history. How did it come about? How many cities were
impacted?
The National Weed and Seed Program was developed to weed out violent crime,
ang activity and drug use and trafficking. (National Weed and Seed Program).
“Weed and Seed has three objectives: (1) develop a comprehensive, multiagency
strategy to control and prevent violent crime, drug trafficking, and drug-related crime in
target neighborhoods; (2) coordinate and integrate existing and new initiatives to
concentrate resources and maximize their impact on reducing and preventing violent
crime, drug trafficking, and gang activity; and (3) mobilize community residents in the
target areas to assist law enforcement in identifying and removing violent offenders and
drug traffickers from the community and to assist other human service agencies in
identifying and responding to service needs of the target area.” (National Weed and
Seed Program). The program was instituted in 1991 and implemented in 150
communities across America. The program utilized the cooperative efforts oflaw
enforcement, community policing, intervention, treatment programs and
neighborhood restoration”. (National Weed and Seed Program).
The moniker weed and seed refers to the strategic plan to weed out negative
factors on neighborhoods, (criminal activity) and to seed the neighborhoods with
new positive ideas, (restoration) to hasten the rehabilitation of beleaguered
neighborhoods. (Weed and Seed 2004). The program brought together multi-
discipline agencies and departments ranging from law enforcement to social
services to develop a cohesive program to accomplish is mission. The
collaborative effort set this program apart from previous fragmented efforts to deal
with pervasive problems in American neighborhoods. A high value was placed
upon inter-agency communications and developing a partnership, rather than a
competing environment, between agencies involved in the program. The ultimate
goal was to foster the innovation necessary to develop effective and sustainable
solutions to the problems not tied to emotional responses or anecdotal evidence.

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Key players co-opted into the program from its conception include; federal, state
and local law enforcement agencies, political figures in the state and community,
residents, business leaders, faith-based institutions and youth services
organizations. The goal is to create a neighborhood wide accountability matrix
that can identify and resolve issues with the flexibility to modify interactions as
necessary in real-time. Economic redevelopment of neighborhoods (new
businesses, shops, stores, etc.) were a key outcome of the program as they are
the measure of a successful turnaround in blighted neighborhoods.
Describe the goals of the program and indicate how the goals and methods
of the program align with the theories presented in this course.
Ecological Theory or Ecological Systems Theory, proposed by Urie
Bronfenbrenner, examines and individuals relationship to their environment or
neighborhood, community, and its impact on childrens development. Paquette
2001). The goals of the Weed and Seed Program attempted to address this
ecological framework and restructure it into a positive force to assist in the
development of residents. There are multiple levels of the ecological system that
can affect development. The first is the microsystem. This involves the direct
association and interaction with children. The family, microsystem, has a
prolonged and distinct impact on its members. It is the nucleus of the ecological
model, and as a unit, constructs the way family member interconnect with the
other community-based relationships that are elements in developing character,
morals and ethics. The mesosystem describes a child and his or her familys
interaction with schools, teachers and peers. The exosystem describes the
potential impact on development created by such things as parent work
schedules, ease or difficulty of transportation to workplaces and the time a child is
deprived of family interaction due the events that are not directly experienced by
the child. The macrosystem describes the cultural environment of the child. These
include socioeconomic position of the family, immigrant status, ethnicity and

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• Review the program's history. How did it come about? How many cities were impacted? The National Weed and Seed Program was developed to “weed out violent crime, ang activity and drug use and trafficking.” (National Weed and Seed Program). “Weed and Seed has three objectives: (1) develop a comprehensive, multiagency strategy to control and prevent violent crime, drug trafficking, and drug-related crime in target neighborhoods; (2) coordinate and integrate existing and new initiatives to concentrate resources and maximize their impact on reducing and preventing violent crime, drug trafficking, and gang activity; and (3) mobilize community residents in the target areas to assist law enforcement in identifying and removing violent offenders and drug traffickers from the community and to assist other human service agencies in identifying and responding to service needs of the target area.” (National Weed and Seed Program). The program was instituted in 1991 and implemented in 150 communities across America. The program utilized the cooperative efforts of “law enforcement, community policing, intervention, treatment programs and neighborhood restoration”. (National Weed and Seed Program). The moniker “weed and seed” refers to the strategic plan to weed out negative factors on neighborhoods, (criminal activity) and to seed the neighborhoods with new positive ideas, (restoration) to hasten the rehabilitation of beleaguered neighborhoods. (Weed and Seed 2004). The ...
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