South Coast Task Force on Youth Gangs

Update:  April 2013

In This Issue
Probation Presentation
Service Provider Group
Parent Group
Youth Success Story

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Next Quarterly Meeting


 Wednesday, April 17, 2013

3 pm to 5 pm

Faulkner Gallery, Downtown Library

40 E Anapamu St

Santa Barbara



 Youth Intervention Project


The South Coast Task Force on Youth Gangs is currently working to finalize the Memorandum of Understanding with the boards of five organizations: UCSB, Santa Barbara School District, Carpinteria Unified School District, County Education Office, and Community Action Commission.  The organizations have been working with their legal teams to evaluate the legal practices of sharing client information.  Once the Memorandum of Understanding is signed by all agencies, the 6-month pilot project will begin to build a database.  It has taken time to initiate the project due to strict guidelines on data sharing. 


Dear Members of the South Coast Task Force on Youth Gangs:


Our latest update contains several interesting articles.  If you have questions regarding any of the stories, or need more information, please contact me.  



Saul Serrano
Coordinator, South Coast Task Force on Youth Gangs 805-964-8857  ext. 152
Probation  Presentation


On Tuesday February 19, the Santa Barbara County Probation Department delivered a presentation to the County Board of Supervisors on Trends in Juvenile Probation. The information was presented by Probation Manager Wendy Stanley, and included precise data showing a lower number of youth on probation in Santa Barbara County than in past years. The presentation can be found here.  (It begins at approximately 2:09:40.) Wendy Stanley will be providing the highlights from this presentation at the next Quarterly Council meeting on April 17, 2013.



Service Provider Group


The SCTFYG Service Provider Group met on Tuesday, February 26 and on Tuesday April 2. The group is continuing to plan for an official providers group that will include other participants. Program representatives have been able to share calendar updates on events for their programs and agencies. The Police Activities League (PAL) program is now conducting programs in Carpinteria and Goleta, and a meeting has been scheduled in April to discuss linking youth on probation with PAL programming in the near future and summer time. The Probation Department is focusing on their Alternative to Detention program and will be having their fourth Drug Court Fair in May.   New to the service provider group was the County Workforce Investment Board (WIB), who provide youth employment services and job readiness. The Service Provider Group continues to be a planning group and will soon be inviting other service providers to the May meeting. The group will be helping to plan a conference for service providers which will be taking place at the end of July 2013. The conference will aim to increase service providers' collaboration in the coordination of services delivery in South County.

Parent Group 

On Monday March 18, parents had an opportunity to meet with Officer Adrian Gutierrez from the Santa Barbara Police Department during a parent meeting. This parent group is mainly for parents who have youth on gang terms and conditions as well as some parents who have youth in continuation schools. The parents in attendance had a chance to talk with the officer and get answers and information that will help them understand how law enforcement works and how they can work with law enforcement agencies in times of crisis. Some of the parents during the meeting expressed that at some point in their lives they've had negative interactions with law enforcement. They stated that these interactions have broken their trust with law enforcement, and that they have experienced anxiety and stress when dealing with the law. Officer Gutierrez took time to clarify laws and police procedures so that parents could better understand past experiences. Parents walked away with a better understanding of how police work and how they can work with law enforcement to help their children in the future. We will continue to work and help enhance communication between parents and law enforcement as a proactive intervention for families with youth on gang terms and conditions.

 Youth Success Story

Edith Rodriquez (left, in photo, with Dr. Jill Biden and Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) president Lori Gaskin)  is an EOPS student at SBCC who started in their Summer Bridge Running Start program. Before enrolling at SBCC, Ms. Rodriguez was on probation and attended Villa Esperanza, El Puente School, and Santa Barbara High School. She was a youth involved and associated with gangs in the South Coast. With help from the Probation Department, school staff, and Santa Barbara City College EOPS staff she has been able to make many positive changes for herself. She had an opportunity to share her story during a panel in which the Aspen Institute invited her to participate. The Aspen Institute honored two schools in the nation for their work with youth, one being SBCC. In this video you can hear Edith share about her background, her education and her future goals.