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Gang-Free Schools and Communities_Community-Based Gang Intervention

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

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During fiscal year 2001, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention provided continuation funds to the National Youth Gang Center which assesses the nature and extent of the gang problem, reviews the current gang literature, advances statistical data collection and analyses, identifies promising program models, and integrates this body of information into user-friendly dissemination products. OJJDP also provided continuation funds to two existing demonstration sites to continue and enhance the implementation of a Comprehensive Community-Wide Approach to Gang Prevention, Intervention, and Suppression Program, which utilizes the program model developed by Dr. Irving Spergel and colleagues at the University of Chicago. These sites continued implementing the comprehensive model program which is based on a thorough assessment of the nature, causes, and extent of the community's gang violence problem. In addition, an Evaluation of the Comprehensive Community-Wide Approach to Gang Prevention, Intervention, and Suppression Program was provided continuation funds. In 2001, OJJDP funded the Rural Gang Initiative (RGI) which provides support to rural communities interested in addressing local gang problems using the OJJDP Comprehensive Model. OJJDP's Comprehensive gang model is also being implemented in 10 communities as part of the Gang Free Schools and Communities initiative. Four of these communities are demonstrating a school emphasis in their community-wide gang programs. The Boys and Girls Clubs of America (B&GCA) will continue to expand its efforts in preventing at-risk youth from becoming involved in gangs. During FY 2001, the Boys and Girls Clubs added 30 new gang prevention sites, 4 new gang intervention sites and 3 new "Targeted Reintegration" sites where clubs provide services to youth returning to the community from juvenile correctional facilities to help prevent them from returning to gangs and violence.