FREE - Anti-Gang Parent Training Workbook

October 3, 2011 02:11 by dmckenzie

In an effort to reduce gang violence, a FREE Anti-Gang Parent training Workbook and Facilitator Guide is available for use by programs that reach parents in California. You can download the curriculum and facilitator guide here.

Final-Anti-Gang Facilitator Guide-DOJ.pdf (1.42 mb)

Final-Anti-Gang Violence Parent Workbook-DOJ.pdf (907.18 kb)

BACKGROUND: California Welfare & Institution Code 727.7. Court Order to Attend Anti-Gang Violence Parenting Classes, outlines that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will establish an anti-gang violence curriculum for parenting classes. The DOJ developed an anti-gang violence parenting curriculum in 2008/09 and provided the documents to Assemblyman Tony Mendoza (author of the legislation) to post on his website for distribution purposes. You can also download the curriculum and facilitator guide from the Assemblyman's website here

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Prevention Town Hall To Look At Rural Fresno County

April 20, 2008 05:06 by dmckenzie

Key community stakeholders and policy decision makers are invited to come together with young people and concerned residents to discuss gang prevention and underage drinking prevention in rural Fresno County. The event is hosted by the Faces of Prevention collaborative partners.

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Never Give Up

February 29, 2008 03:47 by dmckenzie

On February 21, 2008 over 150 community leaders from throughout Fresno County came together to address gang activity. This began the development of the Fresno Countywide Gang Prevention Council.

Communities Represented: Biola, Caruthers, Clovis, Coalinga, Del Rey, Easton, Firebaugh, Fowler, Fresno, Huron, Kerman, Kingsburg, Laton, Mendota, Parlier, Prather, Reedley, Riverdale, San Joaquin, Sanger, Selma, as well as county, state, and federal representatives.

The meeting included a presentation from the Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium (MAGEC) on gang activity throughout the county. They highlighted the fact that the outlying areas of Fresno County, per capita, have higher concentrations of gang members then the metro area, and that prevention, intervention, and suppression efforts need to have a countywide focus. They were also able to highlight the collaborative suppression efforts happening due to MAGEC and the need for collaborative prevention and intervention efforts to make the county's focus complete.

I provided a presentation on the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Comprehensive Gang Model (presentation below) as the county will look to institute an adapted version of the model. The OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model espouses a multifaceted, multilayered approach that includes eight critical elements:
  1. Initial and continuous problem assessment using qualitative and quantitative data.
  2. Targeting of the area and those populations of individuals most closely associated with the problem, as described in the assessment.
  3. Mix of the five key strategies: community mobilization, social intervention, opportunities provision, suppression, and organizational change/development.
  4. A Steering Committee to oversee and guide the project.
  5. Direct contact intervention team that includes police, probation, outreach staff, and others.
  6. A plan for coordinating efforts of and sharing appropriate information among those who work with the youth on a daily basis, the Steering Committee, and persons within the partner organizations.
  7. Community capacity building to sustain the project and address issues that are long-term in nature.
  8. Ongoing data collection and analysis to inform the process and evaluate its impact.

Lastly, participants broke up into small groups by geographic area throughout the county. Groups (or Community Action Teams) identified the current resources available in their communities and where the greatest needs or gaps in resources existed. Group notes are attached below. In addition groups identified a list of commitments they would make as next steps to address gang activity throughout the county (commitment list attached).

The most notable commitment made by every group was a continued commitment of their time to meet again. Comments from participants included that they had an opportunity to learn about what other agencies are doing and wanted more opportunities to talk and connect. They also stated that this was an important issue and appreciated a forum in which to address it.

Next steps from the convening will include a series of Community Action Team meetings in late March and early April in each of the geographic areas identified. Be on the look out for notice of an upcoming meeting in your area! To quote Tracie Cone's recent editorial in the Business Journal, who attended the convening, "The meeting was a start."

FresnoCo_GangPrevModel.pdf (2.37 mb)

Notes_AgenciesUnitedForChange.doc (50.50 kb); Notes_Crazy8.doc (51.50 kb); Notes_Group5.doc (60.00 kb) ; Notes_Magnificent7.doc (52.00 kb) ; Notes_NoName.doc (53.00 kb) ; Notes_Progressive Bureaucrats.doc (51.50 kb) ; Notes_TheGreen3.doc (52.50 kb)

Commitment Pledge.doc (29.00 kb)

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Help Prevent Gang Violence - Presented by Assemblymember Juan Arambula

January 28, 2008 02:57 by dmckenzie

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Assemblymember Juan Arambula

Brought to you by Assemblymember Juan Arambula

Help Prevent Gang Violence

Assemblymember Juan Arambula would like to invite you to attend a Budget Sub-4 Committee Hearing on Cal-Grip (anti-gang) funding and how it is be distributed throughout the state.  Additionally, a Telephone Town Hall Meeting on Gang Violence Prevention will be hosted by Assemblymember Arambula that same evening and you are welcome to join in. 

Huge M. Burns State Building
2550 Mariposa Mall, in the Assembly Room
Fresno, CA 93721

February 1, 2008
10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon.

Telephone Town Hall Meeting on Gang Violence Prevention
February 1st, 2008
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

To share your views on gang violence, join the Teleconference by calling (866) 447-5149 (Enter Pin Code: 13409) (Please note: This phone number is only operational 30 mins. prior to and throughout the teleconference.)

Click here to view PDF.

For more information please contact the district office at:
(559) 445-5532


Email: Assemblymember Juan Arambula

Capitol Office
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA
Phone (916) 319-2031
Fax (916) 319-2131

District Office
Hugh Burns State Building
2550 Mariposa Mall
Suite 5031
Fresno, CA 93721
Phone (559) 445 - 5532
Fax (559) 445 - 6006

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Students Targeted for Opportunities In Prevention

January 27, 2008 06:14 by dmckenzie


Students Targeted for Opportunities in Prevention (STOP) 

The Students Targeted for Opportunities In Prevention Program, operated by the Fresno County Probation Department- Juvenile Services Division, expanded the number of sites providing juvenile prevention services and absorbed the costs of existing sites when the funding from California Board of Correction ended for the Youth Challenge Community Program.  STOP is a school based prevention program whose mission is to provide prevention and early intervention services to 10-14 year old at-risk youth and their families.  It is also designed to gauge the effectiveness of those interventions in reducing the number of school related problems, juvenile delinquency, substance and alcohol abuse, family dysfunction and gang involvement.

With funding from the Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act (JJCPA), STOP operates on nine (9) different school sites throughout Fresno County:
McCabe Middle School, Mendota
Huron Middle School
Parlier Middle School
Foothill Middle School, Prather
Alta Sierra Middle School, Clovis
Kings Canyon Middle School, Fresno
Tehipite Middle School, Fresno
Scandinavian Middle School, Fresno
Sequoia Middle School, Fresno
According to a 2005 JJCPA report, STOP is seeing results! Over the last year alone the grade point average of the youth served increased almost one half grade point to over a “C” average. Even more impressive is the dramatic 61% reduction of suspensions in school to a low of 15.2%. A significant reduction of 45% of reported child abuse cases also occurred. All the identified risk factors have been reduced and it is clear - youth that do better in school do better in their community and do not commit as many crimes, as the data shows in the Fresno County study.

The California Wellness Foundation identified STOP as one of the “Strategies That Work: Promising Programs From Local Communities” in 2004, Fight Crime Invest in Kids - California named STOP as a model project in their White Paper titled “What Works in California” in 2004. STOP received the highest rating in the state by Choices for Youth in their “California Youth Violence Prevention SCORECARD” in 2002. Fresno’s JJCPA program has been invited to present workshops throughout the state and at national conferences. Most noteworthy these workshops have been provided recently at the American Psychiatric Association International Conference, American Probation and Parole Association National Conference, California Administrative Office of the Courts 100th Anniversary Conference, and the California After School Consortium National Middle School Conference. 

The focus of STOP truly is on prevention, youth formally on probation are not eligible. For more information about STOP or to contact County Probation staff regarding STOP, please see the attached brochures (available in English and Spanish). And as always, spread the word! 

STOPbrochure1.pdf (916.89 kb)

EspanolBROCH.pdf (1.10 mb)

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One Simple Way To Make a BIG Difference

December 11, 2007 03:54 by dmckenzie

Many people do not realize the role graffiti plays in supporting a gang lifestyle and diminishing the quality of life for residents. Here is some 411 (thats information for you baby-boomers).

1. Gangs will use graffiti to identify themselves and/or their territory/turf. It's used to communicate a message: to show allegiance, as a show of power, or to challenge rivals. It is generally in black paint, but can be in their gang colors or whatever color is available at the time.

2. Gang graffiti is also used to intimidate a neighborhood and identify a gang-controlled area.

3. Graffiti can also be committed by taggers or tagging crews. Tagging is often different from gang graffiti in that it is more stylized and taggers consider themselves artist. Some adults do not believe they have to worry as much about graffiti (especially from taggers); however when a neighborhood is marked by graffiti, that graffiti indicates territorial dominance, and the entire area and its residents become potential targets for violence, because sometimes rival gangs identify everyone in a neighborhood as part of the gang. Additionally tag-bangers (those prone to violence in defense of their tag) may hit innocent bystanders by mistake.

For more information on graffiti check out this article located on the National Alliance of Gang Investigator's Associations website

So... what is the simple way you can make a big difference: When you see graffiti contact local law enforcement to have it recorded and removed. Here is a list of law enforcement agencies and numbers to call:

County Unincorporated Areas, San Joaquin, Mendota, & Orange Cove - Fresno Sheriff's Department 559.262.4236 or report online here.
Clovis 559.324.2426 or report online here.
Coalinga 559.935.2313
Firebaugh 559.659.3051
Fresno 559.621.TAGS (8247)  or report online here.
Fowler 559.834.3254
Huron 559.945.2348
Kerman 559.846.6633
Kingsburg 559.897.2931
Parlier 559.646.6600
Reedley 559.637.4250
Sanger 559.876.8521
Selma 559.896.2525

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