Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $499,791)
Grantees are funded under this initiative to develop program activities based on the core strategies of the Comprehensive Gang Model. Category 1, Intervention, supports intervention strategies that can dissuade youth from joining gangs and help them discontinue their involvement in gangs. Proposed strategies are built upon the principles of the following core strategies in the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model: Community Mobilization, Opportunities Provision, and Social Intervention.
The County of Cumberland will convene a cross-sector stakeholder working group and use focused-deterrence elements of Group Audit and Custom Notifications to deploy wraparound and holistic resources and supports to youth and the family to dissuade or discontinue gang involvement. The project will use data, intelligence, and research related to violence epidemiology and social network analysis to identify at-risk and gang-involved youth. The target population is youth younger than age 18 who have a relationship with a known gang member. These individuals may be identified through community partner referrals, community policing recommendations, or from social network analysis of current gang members and gang-involved incidents. Activities will include bi-weekly case meetings for the identification of youth for intervention and information sharing around youth for insight and deeper understanding of his/her circumstances and plans for custom notifications (intervention contacts with youth and families). These meetings will also entail case planning and updates related to the youths case plan elements. The case plans will inform stakeholder collaborators to provide services in areas such as basic needs (housing, food, clothing, transportation); mental health and substance abuse treatment; workforce development; education; and enrichment. Enrichment activities include life skills, field trips, recreational activities, and mentoring. CA/NCF