South Coast Task Force on Youth Gangs

Newsletter for July 2014

In This Issue
Council Powerpoint Presentation
Probation Presentation
Law Enforcement Update
Proyecto Heroes
Cal-GRIP Update

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Next Quarterly Meeting


October 15, 2014

3 pm to 5 pm

Faulkner Gallery,

Dowtown Library

40 E. Anapamu St.

Santa Barbara 


Dear Greetings!,


The South Coast Task Force on Youth Gangs held its quarterly Council meeting on July 16 at the Goleta Valley Community Center. For this month's newsletter we are including information from the meeting. To access all documents from the meeting, please click here, or continue reading below.  In case you did not have an opportunity to attend and would like additional information please let us know and we would be glad to provide the information to you.




Saul Serrano

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

South Coast Task Force on Youth Gangs Quarterly Council Meeting


Held Wednesday, July 16, 2014.  To access the PowerPoint presentation for the meeting, please click here.  For additional documents and details about the meeting, please continue reading below. 

County of Santa Barbara Probation Department - Alternative Incarceration Program


Steve DeLira, Deputy Chief of the Santa Barbara County Probation Department, delivered a presentation on alternatives to incarcerating youth in the South Coast. During the meeting Mr. DeLira shared with the Council that the number of youth in Juvenile Hall and Los Prietos Boys Camp continues to decrease. The Alternative Report and Resource Center (ARRC) is one of the new strategies that is helping keep juveniles in the community and allow probation to incarcerate only those that are a risk to their safety.  The project started in 2008 as the Alternative Detention Program (ADP) and recently merged with a resource program creating the Alternative Report and Resource Center combination.  To view the presentation, please click here.

Law Enforcement Update


Sergeant Lorenzo Duarte with the Santa Barbara Police Department gave a report on gang activity. We are working with local law enforcement to include street climate updates during quarterly Council meetings. Sgt. Duarte shared a number of gang related incidents that happened in the past three months in the community. The purpose of this new approach is to inform members of the Council about what is happening in the region. We are looking forward to this new partnership with our local law enforcement agencies.


Proyecto Heroes


Jessica Adams (CALM) and Maryam Kia-Keating (UCSB), project leaders, gave a presentation on the Photo Voice project. The presentation included an 8-minute video which gives a voice to youth and includes numerous photographs that the participating youth captured. The participating students were part of a randomly picked classroom at San Marcos High School. The students were given some basic photography lessons then given cameras to capture photographs of everyday images they see in their lives. The images captured are powerful and moving. The pictures were compiled into a video which also includes written testimony from the youth about the violence they see and experience in their lives. A number of members of the Council expressed interest in having the presenters share the video with their agencies and programs. The Task Force will be helping the project leaders connect with members of the Council who are interested in having the presentation given to their organizations.  For more information, please click here.


CalGRIP Update


Tracy Lang Wood, Community Action Commission's Director of Family and Youth Services, provided the Council with a program update on the City of Santa Barbara CalGRIP program, which serves youth in Carpinteria, Goleta, and Santa Barbara. To view the update, please click here.