South Coast Task Force on Youth Gangs

Newsletter Update

June 2014

In This Issue
Decrease in Youth on Probation w/Gang Terms
Proyecto Heroes
Los Angeles Conference
School Discipline Restorative Approaches

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Next Quarterly Meeting


Wed. July 16, 2014

3 pm to 5 pm

Goleta Valley Community Center

Old Town Goleta 

5679 Hollister Ave. 


Dear Greetings!,


We are currently undergoing changes to the South Coast Task Force on Youth Gangs' newsletter and webpage. In the upcoming months you will be receiving update newsletters letting you know about the work of the Task Force taking place in our region as well as throughout the state.


One of the changes to the website will be the addition of a Meetings tab. The new tab will direct users to a page containing all information for upcoming meetings as well as past meeting agendas and presentations. Please take a moment to look through the webpage and share with us feedback on how we can make it more user friendly.



Saul Serrano
Coordinator, South Coast Task Force on Youth Gangs 805-964-8857  ext. 152
Regional Prevention/Intervention Programs 

The Carpinteria and Santa Barbara CalGRIP grants are currently operating in the South Coast. The Santa Barbara CalGRIP regional project is currently serving 61 youth. Youth receiving case management services range from youth referred by probation who have gang terms and conditions to youth referred by other community agencies. Out of the 61 youth, six are in the process of enrolling in the City of Santa Barbara Apprenticeship Program and three youth will be enrolled in weeks to come. Eight of the nine high school seniors enrolled in CalGRIP graduated, and two juniors were able to make up deficient credits and exceed enough to graduate early. Further CalGRIP details will be shared at the quarterly council meeting in July.

Decrease in Youth on Probation with Gang Terms and Conditions
The Santa Barbara County Probation Department continues to see a decrease in youth on probation who currently have gang terms and conditions. In addition, there is also a decrease in the Los Prietos Boys Camp population. As a result of this on April 23rd Los Prietos decommissioned one of the two dorms at the camp. The remaining dorm will continue in operation, and if the need and population rise, the decommissioned dorm would reopen to accommodate youth referred by the courts. The decommissioning ceremony was a bittersweet event. Current and past community members who have been a part of the programs at Los Prietos were in attendance to witness the decommissioning of the dorm flag.
Community Violence Reduction Input:  Proyecto Heroes 
A successful community forum to gather input was held on May 31st at Franklin Elementary. The forum featured a panel of school board representatives, school staff, and a parent. Following the panel participants gathered in small groups for discussion. The groups were mixed between monolingual English and monolingual Spanish participants with translation provided to both. The purpose of the smaller breakout groups was to discuss how schools can help the community decrease violence. CALM, in collaboration with UCSB Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, has initiated work on a three-year community research grant awarded to the Santa Barbara region. The focus of the grant will be to assess work done in the past as well as reports generated about community violence. The group will be hosting a number of forums to gather information from community members about current needs to address violence. The South Coast Task Force on Youth Gangs is working in collaboration with Proyecto HEROES staff and partners throughout the grant. UCSB Gevirtz Graduate School of Education will be doing the evaluation for this project. At the end of the grant the effort will generate recommendations that will help with future funding and direction based on community input. 
Gang Prevention and Intervention Conference 

A small cohort from the South Coast attended this year's annual Gang Prevention and Intervention Conference held at the California Endowment in Los Angeles. Attendees were from programs, schools, law enforcement and governments throughout the world. The focus this year was on addressing trauma and root causes of gang involvement. On the first day of the conference the California Cities Gangs Prevention Network met. Cities in attendance were the following: Long Beach, San Jose, San Diego, Oxnard, Fresno, Salinas, and Santa Rosa. The South Coast Task Force on Youth Gangs (Carpinteria, Goleta, Santa Barbara and unincorporated county) is still participating as a guest in network meetings. The network is developing membership guidelines so that other cities who are interested will have the opportunity to join. The Conference helped us meet with others doing similar work in other parts of the California and share with others the work we are currently doing in our region. Ismael Huerta from the Santa Barbara School District attended the conference and he was able to share about his work with youth in the Santa Barbara Area. Overall it was encouraging to learn that our region is on a good path and aligned with similar efforts happening in other parts of California.

School Discipline Restorative Approaches

At the start of June the Santa Barbara Unified School District held Restorative Approaches (restorative justice) training for teachers from Dos Pueblos High School and San Marcos High School. The two-day training was a full walk-through of the philosophy and implementation of the restorative approaches. Teachers responded in a positive way to the alternative approach to discipline. Teachers and staff also had an opportunity to role play and go through the various processes and witness how effective the approaches can be used with fidelity. The goal of the training is to expand the alternative discipline approaches to all schools K-12.