Combating Gang Violence Through Prevention and Intervention Strategies within the County of Kern
The Joint City and County Standing Committee to Combat Gang Violence was created by the County of Kern and the City of Bakersfield in the Fall of 2006 in an effort to combat gang violence in the community by developing a plan of attack against the root causes of gang violence. As a result of this plan, funding oportunities were provided to vendors based on their proposals to establish gang prevention and intervention programs. The agencies funded and their programs are as follows:
Provide After-School Program curriculum focusing on gang prevention subject matter to specific elementary and middle schools in Bakersfield.
Provide Community Service Learning Projects to youth involving them in positive activities and projects in the arts, school sports, club sports, sporting events and development and involvement in public forums.
Establish a Community Service Youth Advisory Committee utilizing youth from identified High Schools to assist with workshops and participate with the younger youth in the Community Service Learning Projects.
Provide comprehensive group and individual adult mentoring services promoting healthy life skills to parents of at-risk youth. Additional services include crisis intervention, resource and referral, and long-term follow up to address individual needs. (Referrals through County gang-prevention funding are limited to the Probation Department.)
Coordinate the early identification and referral of at-risk students and their families to after-school mentoring and parent skills building programs.
Expand and recruit the Parent Project facilitators, including the outlying areas of Kern County.
Parent Project website http://www.kernparentproject.org
Provide training program to males who “age out” of the Foster Care System, those identified in the CalWORKs and Cal-Learn programs and those in the Independent Living Program and to other low income disadvantaged male youth who are at-risk of gang involvement.
Provide, in conjunction with Bakersfield College Construction Technology Program six months of classroom instruction and six months of employment development activities as referred from the Department of Human Services.
Provide youth mentoring activities to children between the ages of 6 and 18.
Provide individual or group mentoring services to youth identified as high risk, at risk and gang involved.
Provide a training session for youth released from incarceration to change future decision making. Provide home calls to the homes of youths in the training program to stay involved and connected.
Provide community based mentoring and partnership with organizations to provide opportunities for attendance at athletic events and socialization.
Conduct outreach events including Neighborhood Rallies and Summits, and gang awareness training for parents, school staff, community members and workshops in neighborhoods as needed with the use of the Youth Intervention Specialists.
Conduct motivational school assemblies and on-campus mentoring programs in elementary, middle and high schools throughout Kern County.
CAPK is partnering with Stop the Violence to provide Gang Alternatives Through Education and Services (GATES) program. GATES provides a balanced range of services and activities as alternatives to gang involvement and to strengthen families in the community of Bakersfield and Shafter.
These services are offered to at-risk youth at the Friendship House in Bakersfield and the Shafter Youth Center.
Contact: Lois Hannible at 661-369-8926 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Teen Challenge provides after-school tutoring, mentoring, and hope to students from the Oildale area.
The goal of Teen Challenge is to prevent gang violence and other deviant behaviors such as drug and alcohol abuse.
Contact: Chris Ferguson at 661-703-2476 or email@example.com