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California's Youth Crime Violence Prevention Programs

The League of Women Voters of California Fall 1999

Source: Commonweal

California Mentor Program, Department of Community Services and Development—Links adult mentors with at-risk youth to assist them in becoming productive members of society by reducing juvenile crime, teen pregnancy, gang association and school dropout.

California Mentor Program, Department of Alcohol and Drug Prevention—Provides funds for county mentoring programs to prevent alcohol and substance abuse among at-risk children.

Friday Night Live/Club Live, Department of Alcohol and Drug Prevention—Provides funds to counties for peer programs to encourage school-age youth to live alcohol- and drug-free lifestyles.

Law Enforcement/Education Partnership, Department of Alcohol and Drug Prevention—Under an interagency agreement with the Office of Criminal Justice Planning, supports community programs to reduce drug use in schools and juvenile crime, using strategies including classroom, curricular, parent education and early intervention services.

Juvenile Crime Prevention Program, Department of Social Services—The program funds Family Resource Centers to serve at-risk youth and families with counseling, parenting skills, gang alternatives and other constructive activities.

Gang Violence Reduction Program, Department of the Youth Authority—Provides positive activities for at-risk youth with the goal of reducing gang-related crime in three counties (Los Angeles, Sacramento, Alameda).

Young Men as Fathers, Department of the Youth Authority—Grants to county education offices and probation departments to develop parenting and mentoring programs for incarcerated young men who are fathers or father-figures.

Juvenile Crime Enforcement and Accountability Challenge Grants, Board of Corrections—Grants to counties for graduated sanctions and services for at-risk youth and juvenile offenders (Stats. 1996, Ch. 133, SB 1760-Lockyer). In 1997, 16 counties received awards totaling $46 million with funds to be disbursed through FY 00-01.

Repeat Offender Prevention Project, Board of Corrections—Grants support probation department projects in seven counties providing intensive services to juvenile offenders judged to be at-risk of recidivism.

At-Risk Youth Early Intervention Project, Board of Corrections—Funds a pilot in San Diego County based on 1997 legislation authorizing local Youth Referral Centers for youth and families at risk of entering the justice system (Ch. 909, SB 1050-Alpert).

Gang, Crime and Violence Prevention Partnership, Department of Justice—Funds community-based violence prevention programs to apply a public health model for the prevention of youth violence in designated locations. (Stats. 1997, Ch. 885, AB 963-Keeley).

Gang Violence Suppression Program, Office of Criminal Justice Planning (OCJP)—Funds local agencies to reduce gang violence with strategies that include curfew enforcement and channeling youth into constructive and positive alternatives to gang association.

Drug Suppression in Schools, (OCJP)—Funds school and law enforcement personnel to provide comprehensive drug abuse prevention services in schools, including specialized curricula, parent education, early intervention services and suppression activity.

Community Delinquency Prevention, (OCJP)—Disburses federal funds for community projects which emphasize accountability and parental involvement in youth education, diversion, prevention, rehabilitation and victim restitution.

High-Risk Youth Program, (OCJP)—Federal funding for multi-disciplinary prevention, intervention and treatment services for at-risk youth and families.

Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, (OCJP)—Distributes federal grant funds to programs emphasizing accountability and parental involvement in youth education, diversion, prevention, rehabilitation and victim restitution.

Academic Volunteer and Mentor Service Program, Office of Child Development and Education—Matches adult volunteers as role models with at-risk youth to help them succeed in school.

Targeted Truancy and Public Safety Grant Program, Department of Education—One-time appropriation for competitive grant program to prevent truancy and provide services to first-time juvenile offenders.

School Violence Reduction Program, Department of Education—Competitive grant program supports school security, truancy reduction, conflict resolution, hate crime prevention and after-school programs.

School Community Violence Prevention, Department of Education—Competitive grant program to high-crime schools to develop comprehensive violence prevention/intervention plans.

Gang Risk Intervention Program, Department of Education—Competitive grant program for community-based interventions to reduce youth gang involvement and related acts of violence.

Conflict Resolution Program, Department of Education—Competitive grant program to provide training and to implement conflict resolution curricula in schools.

Extended Schoolday and Violence Reduction Program, Department of Education—Opens schools after hours with programs to reduce youth violence with proactive activities such as tutoring, mentoring, conflict resolution, peer mediation and community service.

Safe and Drug Free Schools, Department of Education—Applies federal funds for school-based drug abuse and violence prevention activities including conflict resolution training, anti-crime youth councils, school security measures and after-school programs.

School / Community Policing Program, Department of Education—Directs funds to schools which utilize a community policing approach to safety.

High-Risk Youth Education and Public Safety Program—Competitive grant program supports school-based services for youth at risk of becoming chronic offenders. (Stats. 1997, Ch. 340, SB 1095-Lockyer).

Note: Programs were not included in this list if crime or violence prevention activities could not be separated from their other activities, or crime or violence prevention appeared to be a secondary or tertiary objective.


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