Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $331,041)
This program aims to support and enhance efforts in more places to help catalyze and further the prevention and response to childrens exposure to violence and youth victimization and violence, especially gun and gang violence, through fully comprehensive approaches to violence and the promotion of well-being for youth.
The City of Los Angeles, Mayor's Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development, will implement a three-part strategy to create awareness around trauma and trauma-informed care strategies available to children, youth, and families in South and East Los Angeles to promote healing and increase their safety, well-being, and healthy development. Primary strategies are to (1) continue to assess trauma-informed care strategies in the community, including indigenous healing practices; (2) provide training in trauma-informed care and other evidence-based healing methods; and (3) raise awareness of the impact of trauma, PTSD, and trauma-informed care opportunities on youth well-being. By treating the effects of trauma on youth in these communities, current efforts to prevent and reduce youth violence, including gun and gang violence, will be strengthened.
The City of Los Angeles will focus on three activities: (1) act on the findings from the 2016 Trauma Needs Assessment survey and continue to assess trauma-informed care strategies in the community, including indigenous healing practices; (2) provide at least three courses in trauma-informed care and other evidence-based healing methods to key partners and multiple stakeholders; and (3) continue to operate its comprehensive gang strategy for violence prevention and to leverage activities (such as Summer Night Lights) to raise awareness.