FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 07/25/96
CONTACT: Margie Yu,
Public Affairs Assistant
FOR GANG VIOLENCE BRIDGING PROJECT
Los Angeles, California -- July 25, 1996 -- The Gang
Violence Bridging Project (GVBP) of The Edmund G. "Pat"
Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University,
Los Angeles recently received a $100,000 two-year award
from the California Wellness Foundation to support the
direct service, organizing and advocacy activities of the project.
The grant will help organize youth and community residents from
impoverished, violence-ridden neighborhoods to become actively
involved in planning, implementing and evaluating violence prevention
services; develop leadership skills of local youth through monthly
training; conduct college preparation seminars to at-risk youth;
and provide academic support, tutoring, peer counseling and mentoring
to first-year college students to ensure their scholastic success.
The GVBP was initiated in 1993 to create a bridge of communication
among sectors of the communities within the Greater Los Angeles
area. The project's focus is on the development of services and
policies that emphasize prevention and provide alternatives for
gang members and at-risk youth.
The GVBP works directly with youth, parents, grassroots groups,
community organizations/ collaborations, law enforcement, government
and policy-makers to reduce gang and youth violence. This project
also addresses abatement of gang/youth violence through a multi-pronged
approach that combines youth development, community action and
public policy advocacy.
The Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute of Public Affairs
at CSLA is a nonprofit and non-partisan center for applied public
policy research, community education, youth violence prevention/diversion
and university-community partnership.
For more information on the award, call Gilbert D. Sanchez, Director,
Gang Violence Bridging Project at CSLA, (323) 343-3770.