FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/21/96
CONTACT: Margie Yu,
Public Affairs Assistant
$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
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.