FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                 OJJDP

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2001                                                                                     202/307-0703

 

 

NEW GRANTS TO BOLSTER COMMUNITY EFFORTS TO COMBAT YOUTH GANGS

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Ten sites, including Los Angeles, Miami, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., will receive a total of nearly $1.5 million through a Justice Department anti-gang initiative.  The sites will use their awards to develop comprehensive plans to fight youth gang violence.

Local agencies and individuals will work with law enforcement, schools, citizen groups and young people to collect information on the scope and nature of youth gang problems in their respective communities.  The sites will use this information to formulate a strategy to reduce youth gang activity.

“Youth gangs pose a serious threat to the safety of our school children and communities,” said Attorney General John Ashcroft.  “By bringing together all segments of the community in this effort, programs can be developed to address each site’s unique needs.”

The ten sites’ planning and assessment process is the first step toward implementing the  Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP’s) Comprehensive Gang Model, which includes five key elements:

 

1.                  Mobilizing the Community – bringing together law enforcement, schools, community organizations, citizens and youth.

2.                  Intervening with At-Risk Youth – including in-school and after-school programming, mentoring, family counseling, drug treatment and outreach to gang-involved youth.

3.                  Providing Opportunities – offering education, vocational training and job placement services.

4.                  Suppressing Gang Activity – including targeted police operations.

5.                  Improving Organization Structure – sharing information, enhancing case management and establishing multi-disciplinary coordination and training.

 

“Youth gang problems vary from state to state and from community to community,” said OJJDP Acting Administrator John J. Wilson.  “This initiative will help communities learn about their own youth gang situation and develop solutions based on research and lessons learned in other communities.” 

The initiative is divided into two programs.  Six of the sites – Fort Lauderdale; Lakewood, Wash.; Los Angeles; Louisville; San Francisco and Washington, D.C. – are participating in the basic Gang-Free Communities Program, while the other four – East Cleveland; Houston; Miami and Pittsburgh –  are participating in the Comprehensive Gang Model: An Enhanced School/Community Approach to Reducing Youth Gang Crime Program.  While both programs involve similar assessment and planning, the latter program will focus on school settings, and may include anti-bullying efforts, truancy reduction and conflict resolution.

All of the grantees will receive training and technical assistance from OJJDP’s National Youth Gang Center, operated by the Institute for Intergovernmental Research of Tallahassee, Florida.  The COSMOS Corporation, in Bethesda, Maryland, will conduct an independent evaluation of the program. 

OJJDP selected the grantees through a competitive review process.  The awards are for a one-year period.  Future awards will be based on grantee performance and funding availability.

 Attached is a list of grantees.Information about OJJDP publications, programs and conferences, are available through the OJJDP Website at ojjdp.ncjrs.org and from OJJDP's

Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse, Box 6000, Rockville, Maryland 20857. The toll-free number is

1-800/638-8736.

Information about other Office of Justice Programs (OJP) bureaus and program offices is available at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/  Media should contact OJP’s Office of Congressional and Public Affairs at 202/307-0703.             

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OJJDP 01097 

 

 

OFFICE OF JUVENILE JUSTICE AND DELINQUENCY PREVENTION FY 2000 AWARDS GANG-FREE COMMUNITIES PROGRAM

                                                                                                           

 

 

State

 

City

 

Grantee

 

Amount

 

Contact

 

Phone #

 

CA

 

Los Angeles

 

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

 

$150,000*

 

Captain Tom Angel

 

323/981-5002

 

CA

 

San Francisco

 

City and County of San Francisco

 

$150,000*

 

Cedric Yap

 

415/554-9519

 

DC

 

Washington

 

DC Metropolitan Police Department

 

$150,000*

 

Janice Sullivan

 

202/727-3337

 

FL

 

Fort Lauderdale

 

Broward County Sheriff’s Office

 

$150,000*

 

Nancy Vaniman

 

954/321-4712

 

KY

 

Louisville

 

Jefferson County Fiscal Court

 

$150,000*

 

Francie Weber

 

502/547-6144

 

WA

 

Lakewood

 

Lakewood Police Department

 

$138,500*

 

Chief Larry Saunders

 

253/798-4246

 

 

                                       COMPREHENSIVE GANG MODEL: AN ENHANCED SCHOOL/COMMUNITY APPROACH

                                                                     TO REDUCING YOUTH GANG CRIME PROGRAM

 

                                                                                                           

 

State

 

City

 

Grantee

 

Amount

 

Contact

 

Phone #

 

FL

 

Miami

 

The School Board of Miami-Dade County

 

$150,000*

 

Dr. John Johnson

 

305/995-1704

 

OH

 

East Cleveland

 

Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners

 

$150,000*

 

Pamela Clay

 

216/443-7832

 

PA

 

Pittsburgh

 

School District of Pittsburgh

 

$150,000*

 

Dr. Andrew King

 

412/622-3958

 

TX

 

Houston

 

City of Houston, Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office

 

 $150,000

 

Cheryl Murray

 

713/247-2212

 

 

* Award amounts are subject to final budget review.