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Evaluation of the Strategic Work Plan for the Reduction of Youth Violence, City of Salinas, CA

Award Information

Awardee
Award #
2012-NY-FX-0003
Location
Awardee County
Monterey
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2012
Total funding (to date)
$517,316

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $124,999)

OJJDP's Demonstration Programs Continuation Grants program was established to provide grants and cooperative agreements to organizations that OJJDP has selected for funds in prior years. This program will be authorized by an Act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice.
The primary purpose of the project is to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the Salinas Comprehensive Strategy for Community-wide Violence Reduction, developed by the Community Alliance for Safety and Peace, a 30-member multi-disciplinary collaborative. An update of the Comprehensive Strategy -- referred to locally as the Strategic Work Plan -- is also incorporated. The evaluation, conducted by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, will assess the Plan's implementation in Hebbron, a dense neighborhood with a high concentration of gangs and youth violence, and its focus on youth under the age of 24. The process evaluation will assess the implementation of the Plan; the outcome evaluation will assess impact on shootings and homicides, community-police partnerships, community attitudes, and the quality of life. Evaluation results will be used to strengthen Salinas' violence reduction efforts. NCA/NCF

OJJDP's State and Community Development Awards program was established to provide grants and cooperative agreements to organizations that OJJDP has selected for funds in prior years. This program has been authorized by an Act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice.

The National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention (Forum) was established by the White House in 2011 and is a network of cities united in their drive to prevent youth violence with federal agencies and private partners. The Forum has expanded to a total of 10 cities across the country implementing strategies and evidenced-based programs to reduce youth violence. The Departments of Justice, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Labor as well as the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Office of National Drug Control Policy provide key supports to the Forum cities.

OJJDP provides funding to support the core activities in Forum cities linked to the approved comprehensive plans. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) has provided funding to the Forum cities to improve or expand the use of a "School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports" (SWPBIS) framework.

The City of Salinas and Monterey County Office of Education (MCOE) will work together to implement and support activities related to the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention by implementing the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program in 45 schools in four Salinas school districts and MCOE's Court and Community schools. The project will increase the number of local schools implementing PBIS by tenfold and expand existing PBIS implementations by providing training in advanced tiers. The goal of implementing and expanding PBIS in Salinas schools is to promote positive changes in the culture of the school to prevent youth violence and illegal drug use. The target population is all children and youth in grades K-12 in Salinas's public schools, about 35,000 students.

PBIS Tier 1 training will be provided to teams of teachers, administrators, and other school staff in 41 schools and PBIS Tier 2 training will be provided to teams in four schools. Tier 1 training also includes training for teachers and District staff to become coaches to support and sustain PBIS implementation. Support will be provided for the Project Coordinator to become trained as a trainer, contributing to sustaining PBIS in Salinas and Monterey County.

The PBIS training will be complemented by in-school and community-based evidence-based programs and practices, including Botvin's Life Skills, Seven Challenges, anger management and anti-bullying education, parent training, and Cure Violence strategies. Baseline data covering discipline referrals, truancy, suspensions, and expulsions and results from the California Healthy Kids Survey will be gathered for future evaluations of PBIS. NCA/NCF

OJJDP's State and Community Development Awards program was established to provide grants and cooperative agreements to organizations that OJJDP has selected for funds in prior years. This program has been authorized by an Act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice. The National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention (Forum) was established by the White House in 2011 and is a network of cities united in their drive to prevent youth violence with federal agencies and private partners. The Forum has expanded to a total of 10 cities across the country implementing strategies and evidenced-based programs to reduce youth violence. The Departments of Justice, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Labor as well as the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Office of National Drug Control Policy provide key supports to the Forum cities. OJJDP provides funding to support the core activities in Forum cities linked to the approved comprehensive plans. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) has provided funding to the Forum cities to improve or expand the use of a "School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports" (SWPBIS) framework.

The City of Salinas and the County of Monterey will utilize FY14 State and Community Development Invited award funds to expand, enhance, and sustain the work under the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention (Forum). Activities include strengthening and scaling up the school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program in Salinas schools. Funds will be used to: 1) enhance and sustain the Community Leadership Academy program which builds community capacity by providing concerned citizens with tools for leadership, team building, project management, conflict resolution, advocacy, and resource development; and 2) implement PBIS Tier 1 in 9 new school sites, move 17 schools to Tier 2, build the capacity of PBIS District teams and coaches, integrate a bullying prevention curriculum into PBIS, and support the PBIS Leadership Team. NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 27, 2012