Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $488,594)
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.
Collaborative Solutions for Youth will serve male youth ages 1317 with the goal of reducing gang-related violent crime and youth victimization. In addition, this program demonstrates a holistic approach as it will focus on increasing protective factors for youth. Deliverables proposed are aligned with the Comprehensive Gang Model framework and include the following: creation of a steering committee, job readiness training, gang awareness, youth soccer program, strengths-based case management, family group conferences, street outreach, critical incident response, and a peace-making retreat. The program design demonstrates a thorough understanding of the various factors contributing to the broader gang violence issue (e.g., family history of gang involvement and trauma, employment status, available supports, etc.) and presents a multi-pronged approach to addressing factors at the individual, family, and community levels. CA/NCF