Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $50,000)
The Title V Community Prevention Grants Program intends to reduce risks and enhance protective factors to prevent at-risk youth from entering the juvenile justice systems and to intervene with first-time and non-serious offenders to keep them out of the juvenile justice system.
The California Corrections Standards Authority (CSA) is the designated State agency in California to administer and manage the Title V grant program. The CSA is focused on supporting counties in serving at-risk youth by blending State and Federal funding streams to provide both direct services and systems improvement/reform. In short, State funds support the county activities, while Federal funds support quality assurance practices. The Title V Community Prevention Grant is one such example. The San Diego County DMC Community Prevention Grant Program is a collaborative effort between the San Diego County Probation Department and the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD). As partners, these agencies assess, review, modify and/or significantly change internal district or school site policies that affect delinquency rates, truancy rates, disparities with youth of color and disciplinary referrals to the Probation Department. By the end of the grant, these agencies will implement strategies to reduce youth of color from exiting school and/or entering into the justice system. Through extensive data collection and analysis, four communities (City Heights, Encanto, Logan Heights and Golden Hills) are the targeted areas - all containing high rates of juvenile crime and violence, high rates of school truancy, suspensions and expulsions. Progress will continue to be measured through quarterly progress reports, monitoring and data evaluation. NCA/NCF