In 2011 – 2012, two coalitions came together to form the Liberty Partnership Kino Neighborhoods Council, better known today as the LPKNC. The two coalitions had been helping improve our community for several years now. Liberty Partnership by then had been in operation for 15 years and old Kino Neighborhoods for 13 years. Together, these two coalitions now make up LPKNC and to this day they continue to focus on the fight against the consumption of alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs in children and youth in South Tucson communities.
In 2018, Jamal K. Givens founded LPKNC as a nonprofit organization. The organization’s government name is Liberty Partnership Community Council and does business as LPKNC. The mission of the organization is different from the coalition’s mission in that the organization does not just focus on the southside of Tucson. LPKNC, the organization, works with any residents, organizations and agencies that are committed to serving, fostering and maintaining drug free communities.
LPKNC meets their mission through offering services about prevention of substance use/misuse and suicide and, promoting mental health and wellness for youth, families and communites. Other strategies that LPKNC use is youth-adult partnerships, community mobilization, and supporting youth and community voice.
The mission of LPKNC is to bring together residents, organizations and agencies that are committed to serving, fostering and maintaining drug free communities.