|Service Providers Meeting
A group of service providers met on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 from 9 am to 12 pm at the Westside Community Center. The intent of the meeting was to convene a planning group of providers who work with the target population, which is comprised of both youth who are on probation with gang terms and conditions with the court, and their families. The service provider group is working to establish a group that meets monthly with the focus of expanding effectiveness by sharing program resources and strategies in order to increase collaboration and maximize results. The goal is to reduce youth gang violence, while providing choices and opportunities to youth. Members from the following organizations were in attendance for this planning meeting:
- All for One
- City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation
- City of Santa Barbara Police Activities League (PAL)
- Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (CADA)
- Community Action Commission
- La Casa de la Raza
- Santa Barbara County Probation
- SCTFYG - Parent Representative
The group has established priorities for the strategies it would like to work on. The next meeting is scheduled for January 2013. More information will follow in future monthly updates as this effort continues to grow.
City of Santa Barbara
The Cal-GRIP II program is ending on Dec 31st. The City of Santa Barbara submitted a grant proposal to the State but funding for this year was not awarded. With the ending of Cal-GRIP II plans are in place to complete and close out records for the students that have demonstrated success at home, with probation, and in school. Services will be identified for those that continue to need case management. Information for the Cal-GRIP II program is currently being processed and will be presented along with the Cal GRIP I grant information during the January quarterly meeting.
The City of Santa Barbara has been advised by the State of California to resubmit an application for future funding with Cal-GRIP. In the meantime, we will need to be creative with resources and referrals for services that target the population of students with gang terms and conditions. The service provider group will be a critical tool to identifying services for youth and families with the target population on a daily basis and will meet monthly to evaluate strategies.