APPENDIX: Program Descriptions
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APPENDIX 2: Program Descriptions  After School Matters, Chicago IL Alameda County Violence Prevention Blueprint, Alameda County CA Barrios Unidos, Santa Cruz CA Blueprint for a Safer Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA Calles, San Francisco CA Ceasefire Chicago, Chicago IL Child Witness to Violence Project, Boston MA Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in the Schools (CBITS), Los Angeles CA Community Works/California, San Francisco CA Family Violence Prevention Fund, San Francisco CA GET.A.VOICE™, New York NY Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles CA I Can Problem Solve, Philadelphia, PA Institute for Community Peace, Washington D.C. LINC, San Francisco CA Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women (LACAAW), Los Angeles manalive, San Francisco CA Million Mom March Movement Strategy Center, Oakland CA New Mexico Forum for Youth in Community, Albuquerque NM Peacebuilders®, Long Beach CA Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR), Enola PA Perry Preschool Project, Ypsilanti MI SafePlace, Austin TX Survivors for Violence Prevention, Minneapolis MN UNITY Youth Alive, Oakland CA Youth Uprising, Oakland CA  Contact information only Kehilla Community Synagogue, Piedmont CA Men Can Stop Rape, Washington D.C. Minnesota Sexual Violence Prevention Action Coalition, St. Paul MN Safe and Drug Free Schools, Wichita KS Wingspan, Tucson AZ Creating Safe Environments 1
After School Matters Chicago, IL  History and Mission After School Matters (ASM) creates a network of out-of-school opportunities for teens in underserved communities. ASM achieves its mission by aligning and maximizing neighborhood physical and programmatic resources; solidifying partnerships among citywide agencies and organizations; and mobilizing creative, coordinated and sustainable investment in teens.  Target Populations Chicago adolescents from underserved communities  Overview The roots of After School Matters can be traced back to an abandoned city block in the heart of downtown Chicago. Fifteen years ago a once vacant block in downtown Chicago was converted into an outdoor art studio for Chicago high school students. Here they could learn a vast array of artistic genres taught by skilled professionals from Chicago's own neighborhoods and communities. In honor of the original Block 37, the exciting, new project was named gallery37. By the fall of 2000, the overwhelming success of Gallery 37 with Chicago's young adults prompted the expansion of the job-training program beyond the arts, creating sports37, tech37, and words37. Together these innovative programs formed After School Matters.  After School Matters expanded its programs to hundreds of schools, libraries, and parks throughout the city, including the state-of-the-art downtown Center for the Arts, located at 66 East Randolph Street. By partnering with the Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Park District, the Chicago Public Library, and the Chicago Department of Children and Youth Services, After School Matters provides teens with the opportunity to engage in constructive activities during the crucial after-school hours. At each location, local professionals help Chicago's youth meet the challenges that await them by developing marketable job skills and building confidence by showcasing their talents. One of the newest programs is the Taylor Culinary Arts Program which introduces teens to the business of food preparation and affords them the opportunity to engage in authentic interaction with professional chefs and instructors. Apprentices learn to create light and healthy recipes and have the opportunity to engage in mentor relationships with many guest chefs and other industry professionals who donate their time to further teens' interest in the culinary arts.  Today, After School Matters is recognized as one of the strongest after-school initiatives nationwide and is acknowledged as the largest program of its kind serving teenagers in the United States. From its origins on Block 37, After School Matters has grown from serving 180 teens in three neighborhoods to administering close to 725 programs in 35 schools for more than 22,000 teens. Inspired by its success, After School Matters remains committed to expanding out of school opportunities for Chicago's young people.  Creating Safe Environments 2
Contact: Natasha Smith, Senior Director of Programs, (312)742-41892  After School Matters website: After School Matters is an RWJF grantee (Local Initiatives Funding Partners)  Creating Safe Environments 3
Alameda County Violence Prevention Blueprint Alameda County, CA  History and Mission Released in 2005, the Alameda County Violence Prevention Blueprint is the result of a multi-sector collaborative effort to create a systematic strategy for addressing violence in the county. The Blueprint emphasizes community-wide or “environmental” outcomes and addresses all forms of violence in the county, spanning across all ages and communities.  Target Population Alameda County residents; the county includes the city of Oakland, which is the largest population center.  Overview The Blueprint was developed by a diverse group of stakeholders from across the county representing city and county elected officials, county departments and agencies, city program staff and police chiefs, community-based organizations, and youth. The Blueprint was further informed by interviews and focus groups with residents of the county, as well as by research and practitioner wisdom from around the county.  The work of the Blueprint was guided by several principles including, violence is preventable and local activities are critical. Any comprehensive initiative needs to honor what’s already working and respect diversity.P revention is not the same as containment and suppression, all residents are stakeholders in the initiative, and violence prevention is a long-term effort.  Using those principles, the advisory and stakeholders groups developed some broad objectives to guide future activities, programming, and funding in the county. The county should promote positive child and youth development by creating positive environments, such as the community center that houses the organization Youth Uprising (see later in this document); meaningful activities; and opportunities for career development. The county should ensure supported and functioning families by providing support services and fatherhood and male responsibility programs. The county should foster safe and vibrant neighborhoods through decreasing alcohol outlet density, reducing firearm availability, and reducing gang violence. Finally, the county should ensure program and government effectiveness through coordination, training, and assessment and evaluation. The full document list more approaches to achieve these objectives. The funding for implementation of the Blueprint includes a full-time Violence Prevention Coordinator housed in the Probation Department to serve as liaison among all of the government agencies and community groups.  Contact Andres Soto, Violence Prevention Coordinator, (520) 268-7050  The Blueprint is available at Creating Safe Environments 4
Barrios Unidos Santa Cruz, CA  History and Mission The California Coalition of Barrios Unidos began as a community-based peace movement in the violent streets of urban California in 1977. Incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1993, the national office of Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos established the mission to prevent and curtail violence among youth within Santa Cruz County by providing them with life enhancing alternatives. Over the past twenty-five years Barrios Unidos has developed a model that seeks to reclaim and restore the lives of struggling youth while promoting unity among families and neighbors through community building efforts.  Target Population Adolescents and young adults  Overview The values that guide the work of Barrios Unidos draw heavily on the Chicano/Mexicano culture, described as an amalgam (mestisaje) of spiritual and cultural traditions. Their values, beliefs and traditions flow from an ancient indigenous heritage that assimilates European and other cultural influences introduced to North America over the past 500 years. A primary focus of the Barrios Unidos peace movement has been to build community-based structures to support organizing and social cohesion by restoring the cultural traditions that have historically bound our families and communities together. Barrios Unidos has assimilated into its work the connection between cultural consciousness and political action, a commitment to working in inter-racial alliances and coalitions, promoting community self-reliance and economic development and non-violent action for social change. Barrios Unidos is not a traditional youth service organization, but is instead a hybrid social enterprise that works in a holistic fashion with youth, families, the public and the private sector to build human and community capital thereby strengthening communities and, as a result, the whole of society.  From its inception, the focus of Barrios Unidos has been on building an organizational base to support the peace movement rather than simply building an agency. The long-term vision of Barrios Unidos' founders is to establish an Institute for Peace and Community Development based in Santa Cruz and focused on supporting an organized peace movement and community development effort in California and eventually throughout the United States.  Among the programs offered by Barrios Unidos is the Cesar E. Chavez School for Social Change, an alternative high school made possible by the collaboration between the Santa Cruz chapter of Barrios Unidos and the County Office of Education. The school’s purpose is to educate, train and develop youth leaders. The school focuses on youth who can take advantage of broad-based educational approaches that combine a core academic curriculum and a leadership development program. The Cesar E. Chavez School for Social Change is committed to the principle of empowering youth to become positive, Creating Safe Environments 5
successful young adults. Partnerships with local agencies, Cabrillo College and UC Santa Cruz allow students to become familiar with local services. This experience helps students gain the social skills, knowledge and awareness of local issues needed to provide community service.  Barrios Unidos also runs an ongoing economic development project to provide jobs for youth from local communities and to assist Barrios Unidos become economically self training. The full service, custom silkscreening service called BU productions introduces youth to the work culture and provides training in a marketable trade. Youth learn production, sales, marketing, design, and administration work. Youth develop increased self-esteem, leadership skills, a sense of accomplishment, pride in their work, and hope for their future.  Barrios Unidos Chapters Salinas CA, San Mateo CA, Yakima WA, Fresno CA, Santa Monica CA, Venice CA, Chico CA, San Diego CA, Falls Church VA.  Contact: Daniel “Nane” Alejandrez, Dreictor, or Otilio Quintero, Deputy Director, 1817 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062, (831) 457-8208  Barrios Unidos website: Creating Safe Environments 6
Blueprint for a Safer Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA  History and Mission The Blueprint for a Safer Philadelphia was developed as a community-wide response to the fatal shooting of a 10 year old boy who was killed while walking to school, caught in the crossfire of rival neighborhood gangs. His death was another tragic reminder of the violence that had overtaken some of Philadelphia neighborhoods. In response, Representative Dwight Evans of the Pennsylvania State legislature convened a meeting of legislators, law enforcement, and community leaders to discuss strategies to stop the violence. After an intensive, wide-ranging, collaborative effort involving over 100 organizations and individuals, the Blueprint was released in November 2005. Funded by over $16 million in state resources, the Blueprint provides Philadelphia with a roadmap for the prevention of violence. The 10-year plan is a “commitment to unlearn [violent] behavior and prevent its disastrous consequences” and to “end youth homicides in Philadelphia by the 2016.”  Target Audience Adolescents and young adults  Overview The Blueprint’s ten initiatives are a combination of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention measures including:  Expansion of the Youth Violence Reduction Partnership (YVRP), which focuses police, probation, and social services on at-risk, violent offenders aged 24 and under;  Creation of the Safe Neighborhood Initiative (SNI), a new program in high-crime neighborhoods that will partner police and probation officers in the intense supervision of violent offenders ages 25 to 30.  Implementation of a program by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to realign the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas criminal courts to focus its caseload on targeted neighborhoods in a “zone court” syste;m  Creation of a “gun court” staffed by senoir Pennsylvania Common Pleas Court judges from throughout the Commonwealth and with an emphasis on intensive pre-trial and post-trial follow-up and supervision as part of probation or parole;  Enactment of a five-year mandatory minimum term of imprisonment for possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime like the federal law;  Enactment of legislation to strengthen existing state gun laws which prohibit former felons from possessing firearms;  Creating Safe Environments 7
Enactment of legislation to create a five-year mandatory minimum term of imprisonment for possession of a firearm by career criminals, (defendants with two convictions in any court for serious drug offenses or violent crime), and a ten-year mandatory minimum for defendants with three such convictions;   Full participation an initiative by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the U.S. Attorney that would require all counties to submit evidence for state-wide tracing of all seized firearms;  Institution of a city-wide, anti-violence education curriculum for middle school students and community education by businesses and corporations to promote education and safety on firearms;  Mobilization of faith-based groups and neighborhood organizations to develop anti-crime programs and perform outreach to neighborhood youth, a strategy modeled on the successful “Boston Miracle” iniattive that reduced youth homicide in that city for almost two years.  Contact: Linda Ford, (215) 549-0220, Blueprint website: Creating Safe Environments 8
Calles/Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc. (MNC) San Francisco, CA  History and Mission Mission Neighborhood Centers (MNC) has been meeting the changing needs of low-income residents of San Francisco’ Mission District for over 40 years. The Center’s mission is to empower children, youth, families and the elderly by offering quality programs and services that meet their needs and promote self-sufficiency.  Target Population Young children, youth, seniors, recent immigrants  Overview of Youth Programs MNC, through its Precita Valley Community Center, a multi-service youth center, offers comprehensive, quality programming for youth ages 5 to 18 years old. The youth services component is centered at MNC's Precita Center. The youth program serves approximately 800 youth per year. Gender specific programming for girls include a support group at the Youth Guidance Center, support groups for girls exiting the Youth Guidance Center, case management services, client advocacy services and peer health education program for young women. In addition, services are provided in several elementary and middle school sites, including the RAP High School. This multi-service youth center and alternative high school serve approximately 1,200 youth per year, combined.  The Calles Program is one of three program units which comprise the Avenidas Project, and provides for street outreach services during High Incidence Periods: Sunday through Thursday: 3:00 to 8:00 PM; Friday and Saturday, 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM. The other two "Avenida" units consist of Advocacy Services for youth and their families at Youth Guidance Center, and Case Management services to same population.  The Calles Street Outreach component reinstates a community-based youth service that essentially models the coming together of a community to immediately initiate a new intervention strategy designed to reverse the tragic surge of gang violence in our community. One of Calles' objectives is to organize youth to take responsibility of their community and follows the youth development model. This proven effective approach enables our staff to establish trust and provide response services, including immediate intervention, street intervention; special activities that take place during peak hours and provide a continuum of education, and health advocacy services. Sites providing these services, in addition to MNC's Precita Center, are with the Columbia Park Boys and Girls Club, San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department/ Mission Recreation Center, and Horizons Unlimited.  Contact: Tracy Brown-Gallardo, Director, Youth Services, Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc., 362 Capp Street, San Francisco CA 94110, (415) 206-2113 Calles website: www.mncsf.orgCreating Safe Environments 9
CeaseFire Chicago, IL  History and Mission CeaseFire is a partnership between community-based organizations, residents, clergy, law enforcement, business and civic leaders, and corporate and philanthropic organizations. Together, these diverse groups focus on a single goal: to reduce violence in all forms in targeted CeaseFire Zones within Chicago and other communities in Illinois. CeaseFire is a program of the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention. Established in 1995, the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention works with community, city, county, state, and federal partners to reduce violence in Chicago and in other communities in Illinois and throughout the nation. The mission of the Chicago Project is to: a) work with community and government partners to reduce violence in all forms; and b) to better define what should be included in a community or city anti-violence plans.  In its first 10 years of work, the Chicago Project has built the infrastructure for community-level participation, community-government partnership, and for the development of new roles for all partners, emphasizing community capacity building, community organization roles, clergy roles, and police roles. CeaseFire is the first initiative of the Chicago Project. It works with community-based organizations to develop and implement strategies to reduce and prevent violence, particularly shootings and killings. CeaseFire relies on outreach workers, faith leaders, and other community leaders to intervene in conflicts, or potential conflicts, and promote alternatives to violence. CeaseFire also involves cooperation with police and it depends heavily on a strong public education campaign to instill in people the message that shootings and violence are not acceptable. Finally, it calls for the strengthening of communities so they have the capacity to exercise informal social control and respond to issues that affect them.  Target Audience Chicago residents in designated neighborhoods  Overview CeaseFire’s 8 Point Plan for Reducing Gun Homicides 1. Strong community coalitions 2. Unified message: No Shooting 3. Mediate and intervene in conflicts 4. Rapid responses to all shootings 5. Alternatives and linkages for most at-risk persons 6. Safe havens and programs for all youth 7. Penalties for gun use and gun trafficking 8. Ensure prosecutions  How CeaseFire Works The Chicago Project forms specific coalitions with local communities, clergy and law enforcement. These coalitions then take the following steps: Creating Safe Environments 01
• High-risk persons are identified and notified that using guns is not tolerated, and alternative means of resolving conflicts need to be found; • Street-based outreach programs are developed to help at-risk persons access jobs, GED, literacy programs, safety, counseling, and provide individualized alternatives; • Conflicts are prevented and mediated; • Safe havens and after-school programs are made available; • Materials are distributed throughout the community notifying and constantly reminding high-risk individuals of alternatives and risks; • Pressure against illegal gun possession and use is increased within the community and norms are changed about gun use; • All shootings within the community are countered with rapid, coordinated, and sustained responses by the residents, clergy and police; • If needed, prosecutions and sentencings are ensured by the State Attorney's Office and the U.S. Attorney's Office.  CeaseFire’s Goals 50% decrease in homicides in targeted neighborhoods by January 1, 2005 10% decrease in targeted neighborhoods annually in years 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 75% decrease in targeted neighborhoods in homicides by January 1, 2010 5% decrease in targeted neighborhoods annually in years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009  How is CeaseFire Doing? According to CeaseFire, police zones implementing the program experienced reductions in shootings compared to neighboring police zones and comparison police zones. During the first implementation year, CeaseFire beats saw 22-67% reductions in shootings while neighboring beats saw reductions of 18-39%, and comparison beats experienced (-)19-(+)29% in shootings. Since implementation (2000-2004) CeaseFire zones have experienced reductions from 63-80% depending on the police beat.  Contact: Gary Slutkin, Executive Director, (312) 996-5524,   Chicago Ceasefire website:   Chicago Ceasefire is an RWJF grantee (Local Initiatives Funding Partners)   Creating Safe Environments 11