In 2016, UAct President helped DeAndre Neal refine his idea into a comprehensive proposal for an anti-violence initiative called SELF. UAct continues to work with DeAndre to develop the program, explore partnerships and seek funding.

In connection with SELF, an anti-violence march and outdoor dinner table discussion, sponsored by the Springfield Community Federation, UAct, Keep It 200 and Calvary Baptist Church, was held in June, 2017 to discuss the recent spike in violence in East Springfield and seek community solutions. Approximately 75 area residents and community leaders participated.