Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $1,162,653)
Gang of One (G01) is the gang prevention and intervention initiative of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Established in 2004, Gang of One has evolved into a comprehensive gang reduction initiative in partnership with local agencies and citizens and local, state, and federal law enforcement. Its mission is to prevent youth from joining a gang, support youth being pressured to join a gang, and assist youth in getting out of a gang. Its purpose is to connect gang-involved youth to community resources for disassociation and to educate the community about gang trends. G01 prioritizes communities for program initiatives based upon Quality of Life Index studies, SMART and GangNet data. OJJDP funds will increase staff, expand current programs, and support new prevention, intervention, suppression, and reentry initiatives. Short-term outcomes include hiring new personnel. Intermediate outcomes include the number of new programs, number of youth served, number of youth disassociating from gangs, number of youth demonstrating a change in school attendance, number of ex-offenders demonstrating a change in risk level, and number of planning activities conducted. If these outcomes are met, G01 anticipates that long-term goals will be accomplished: a decrease in gang-related criminal activity and juvenile crime.