Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $499,288)
Grantees are funded under this initiative to develop program activities based on the core strategies of the Comprehensive Gang Model. Category 1, Intervention, supports intervention strategies that can dissuade youth from joining gangs and help them discontinue their involvement in gangs. Proposed strategies are built upon the principles of the following core strategies in the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model: Community Mobilization, Opportunities Provision, and Social Intervention.
This NorthEast Washington Educational Service District 101 Safe and Community Partnerships (SCP) program collaborates with the juvenile court, DCYF, Safe Streets Task Force, Spokane Police Department, the Sheriff's Office, Zone Project, and Ironworks to continue implementing the Comprehensive Gang Model to reduce gang-related crime and victimization in Spokane. A community gang assessment has been completed by the programs steering committee. The applicant will implement social interventions and opportunities provision to include free gang awareness trainings; the Youth Police Initiative (to improve relationships between police and youth); the PAL Program; educational activities; employment programs; and recreational activities, including basketball, boxing, music production, and paid internships. A new substance abuse counselor and behavioral health specialist will be hired to provide counseling. Outreach workers will continue to help youth with basic needs like housing, food, clothes, and school supplies. CA/NCF