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CalGRIP Funded Projects (Region V)
This is a list of local anti-gang projects funded by CalGRIP dollars. The applicant agencies listed here were successful in a highly competitive Request-For-Proposal process. CalGRIP allows for local jurisdictions to implement prevention, intervention or suppression activities – or a combination thereof – based on local need. Cities and community-based organizations were eligible to apply. Since the inception of the CalGRIP Initiative, three rounds of grant funding have been awarded (2008-09 - 2009-10 coming soon). Projects are listed alphabetically.
City of Madera
Implementing Agency: Madera Police Department
Grant Award: $400,000
Project Summary: The project funds gang prevention education for students in grades 4-6 of the Madera Unified School District, an evidence-based intervention strategy through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, and suppression activities through the Madera County Gang Enforcement Team (MADGET). Specifically, the project will: (1) provide 3,000 4th graders, 3,000 5th graders and 2,000 6th graders joint on-campus Gang Intervention Tutoring by a police officer and a gang prevention specialist; (2) offer 40 on- and off-campus parent/at-risk youth counseling/educational sessions to 2,000 parents and students; (3) partner with Big Brothers/Big Sisters to provide 24 matches to at-risk youth; and (4) continue MADGET’s gang suppression activities targeting known and suspected gang members.
Contact Information: David R. Tooley, City Administrator - (559) 661-5400 - email@example.com
City of Sanger
Implementing Agency: Sanger Police Department
Grant Award: $398,763
Project Summary: The City of Sanger and its seven city partners (Fowler, Kingsburg, Orange Cove, Parlier, Reedley, Selma and the Del Rey Community Services District), all located in Southeast Fresno County, will provide officers to the Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium (MAGEC)—a regional task force composed of County Sheriff, Probation, District Attorney, municipal police, California Highway Patrol and other state and federal agencies—to enhance gang investigation, suppression, and prosecution activities. MAGEC officers also will work with school and city officials for gang awareness education. In addition, the Grantee cities will create a fund for tattoo removal for each city to use for up to five former gang members per city. Each city also will develop an individual special project to prevent gang involvement and address some of the challenges that youth face post-gang involvement.
Contact Information: Thomas Klose, Chief of Police - (559) 875-8521 - Thomas.firstname.lastname@example.org
County of Fresno
Location of Services: Fresno
Grant Award: $500,000 (EDD)
Project Summary: Under the direction of the Fresno County Workforce Investment Board (FCWIB), Fresno County eligible 14-24 year olds who are involved in a gang or are at-risk of being involved in a gang can enroll in the Choice to Change Program. Up to 125 youth will be referred to the FCWIB Choice to Change Gang Intervention Program. The Choice to Change Program is effective in its approach and will ensure that gang youth get out of the gang lifestyle and meet the final goal of obtaining a full-time job or entering post secondary education.
Contact Information: Pamela Lassetter - (559) 490-7132
Youth Centers of America
Location of Services: Mendota, Huron and Parlier
Grant Award: $159,764
The goal of Taking Back Our Neighborhoods, a community mobilizing and job training project, is to mobilize communities to embrace,
empower and transform at-risk youth, families and neighborhoods by providing the necessary leadership and employable skill sets. The focus of the project will be training in the industry areas of recreation, arts and multimedia, with a community emphasis in grassroots community mobilizing and leadership skills development. In addition, neighborhood residents, key community leaders and stakeholders will learn gang prevention strategies and best practices in order to address the environmental factors that affect the vast growing gang epidemic of three underserved, rural communities in Fresno County.
Contact Information: Israel Lara, Executive Director (Faces of Prevention) - (559) 360-1857 - email@example.com