191202 Neighborhood Level Interventions: City of San Diego

Wednesday, October 29, 2008: 1:30 PM

Alicia De Leon-Torres , National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse (NAPAFASA), National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse (NAPAFASA), Los Angeles, CA
As cities across the nation grapple with the impact of violence on their communities, cities are taking action at local and neighborhood levels to reduce violence. Further, some cities are recognizing the complex factors that contribute to violence, and designing comprehensive programs, practices, and policies that build resilience and reduce risk factors for communities. As a result, young people, families and communities with increased resilience and decreased risk are more likely to thrive and be safe from violence. Neighborhood-Level Interventions: City of San Diego highlights the City of San Diego's response to gang violence through the Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention. The Commission has built a more strategic, coordinated, and collaborative effort between the City, law enforcement agencies, social service providers, and the general public to significantly curtail gang involvement and its impact in the City,

Founded in 2006, Commission serves as an official advisory body to the Mayor and City Council. The Commission's Strategic Action Plan focuses on prevention and intervention at the neighborhood level and recommends the City to work together with communities in this endeavor. Their work has impacted thousands of students in the City, significantly ending major gang recruitment and gang fights around the city, and bringing nearly $1 million to the area for work development, prevention, and intervention. The Commission has shown how coordination and collaboration contributes to more effective and sustainable outcomes.

Learning Objectives:
1. Illustrate a multi-sectoral response to gang violence. 2. Discuss the importance of programs, policies, and practices in preventing violence. 3. Identify best practices in preventing violence.

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