Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $327,729)
Youth gangs continue to have a significant adverse impact on youth, families, and communities across America. A growing number of communities have adopted OJJDPs Comprehensive Gang Model, a multistrategy, multidisciplinary approach that has proven to be effective in reducing gang activity. The fiscal year 2016 Comprehensive Antigang Strategies and Programs solicitation provides funding for localities to enhance coordination of federal, state, and local resources in support of community partnerships implementing the following antigang programs: primary prevention, secondary prevention, gang intervention, and targeted gang enforcement.
Center for Children & Youth Justice (CCYJ) is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to reforming Washington States juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Since 2011, CCYJ has served as the lead agency for implementation of the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model (CGM) in King County. The project focuses on the following goals: (1) expanding implementation of the CGM to regional community partners across King County, including replication in the city of Seattle; (2) implementing CGM prevention and intervention components, including youth development and employment opportunities, to address the needs of gang-involved youth and young adults; (3) implementing gang awareness and prevention strategies and services throughout King County; and (4) decreasing gang-related and violent crime across King County and the Seattle metropolitan area. The Suburban King County Coordinating Council on Gangs (SKCCCG) serves as the projects steering committee and oversees CGM implementation. SKCCCGs CGM implementation includes completing an assessment in 2013, and developing and executing the projects implementation plan. In accordance with the CGM, SKCCCG has developed a robust network of partners and a multidisciplinary intervention team.