PBI Community Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/21/96

CONTACT: Margie Yu,
Public Affairs Assistant
(323) 343-3047

CAL STATE L.A. PAT BROWN INSTITUTE TO RECEIVE
$18,000 COMMUNITY BRIDGES PROGRAM AWARD

Los Angeles, California -- November 21, 1996 -- The Gang Violence Bridging Project (GVBP) of The Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles will be presented an $18,000 Community Bridges Program Award from the California Community Foundation on Tuesday, December 3, 1996 at the California Community Foundation headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. The Pat Brown Institute is one of only 15 organizations to receive this distinctive award.

The grant will allow the GVBP to continue its work in organizing communities around at-risk youth empowerment strategies and creating educational opportunities for youth living in East Los Angeles, Pico Union and South Central Los Angeles -- three areas that have been traditionally impacted by gangs and gang violence.

Gilbert D. Sanchez, director of the Gang Violence Bridging Project, notes that the grant will directly help organize youth and community residents from these "impoverished, violence-ridden neighborhoods" to become actively involved in planning, implementing and evaluating violence prevention services. He adds that the grant will provide academic support, tutoring, peer counseling and mentoring for first-year college students to help ensure their scholastic success.

The GVBP was initiated in 1993 to create a bridge of communication among youth, parents and service organizations in 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 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 Community Bridges Program Award, call Gilbert D. Sanchez, director, Gang Violence Bridging Project at Cal State L.A., (323) 343-3770.

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