Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $200,000)
SAFE Haven of Racine, Inc. proposes to enhance coordination of local, state, and federal resources that support community partnerships in the implementation of anti-gang strategies, including primary prevention, secondary prevention, gang intervention, and gang enforcement. At the heart of this enhanced effort is a long standing link between a nonprofit human service organization, SAFE Haven of Racine, Inc., and the Greater Racine Gang Task Force/Safe Streets Task Force, a recent collaboration of local law enforcement. The project aims to reduce juvenile crime and recidivism among participants. The target of these efforts will be youth in the metropolitan area of the City of Racine and surrounding municipalities. Primary prevention activities already taking place will be significantly increased: a minimum of 1,000 youth will receive primary prevention services annually. Secondary prevention and intervention programming occur in the existing Community Oriented Policing Houses: a minimum of 75 youth will be served in these COP facilities annually, with a total of at least 200 group sessions each year. SAFE Haven expects that at least 50 percent of individual youth intakes will remain in the program through the entire 12 week cycle, with at least 10 percent qualifying to meet the rigorous 'graduation' standards. The combined results of this collaborative effort are projected to result in a minimum 50 percent decrease in gang-related incident arrests, gang-related homicides and gang-related aggravated assaults in the second year of implementation (compared to the pre-program baseline).