Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $170,581)
Youth gangs continue to have a significant adverse impact on youth, families, and communities across America. A growing number of communities have adopted multi-strategy, multi-disciplinary approaches to reducing and preventing gang activity. The OJJDP FY 2010 Youth Gang Prevention and Intervention Program provides funding for localities to replicate selected secondary gang prevention and intervention programs that are considered promising or effective. These programs must be a part of an existing community based comprehensive anti-gang initiative. This program is authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010, Pub. L. No. 111-117.
Old Colony YMCA (OCY), in partnership with Boys and Girls Club, and under leadership of the Brockton's Promise Team and the Shannon City-Wide Youth Violence Collaborative, will provide Gang Prevention and Intervention Services through the evidence based practice model Gang Intervention Through Targeted Outreach (GITTO). Through this intervention program the youth will be connected to a network of case management supports and an array of positive youth development activities, leading to an increase in developmental assets and reduction in illegal activities. Progress will be assessed through evelopmental Asset Pre and Post Tests, as well as tracking outcomes through case management documentation. These outcomes will feed into their comprehensive evaluation of gang prevention completed by their Local Action Research Partner.