Youth Development Services
America's Promise Alliance voted Sacramento one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People
Youth & Gang Violence
Gang Intervention Strategies
The City of Sacramento is addressing youth and gang-related violence and victimization through, identifying and implementing best practices and initiating policy changes to support local practices. A comprehensive city and county wide strategy is underway to focus on prevention, intervention, suppression and enforcement initiatives.
Our strategies are based on the concept of reconnecting - disconnected Sacramento at-risk and gang-involved youth. It is comprised of a combination of existing program models that we believe creates optimum environments for developing a healthy, risk free, inclusive, youth friendly community. The Youth Development Services along with our community partners has developed numerous programs to address youth and gang violence.
The Cease fire approach employs very targeted strategies to get youth and young adults who are “drivers of violence” off the streets through outreach and direct communication, and into jobs and support services. Law enforcement and criminal justice agencies speak directly to them about their future choices, and community and service agencies provide them with alternatives to the lifestyle of violence like living wage jobs, counseling, and community support. The Cease fire strategy is not intended to be a comprehensive prevention model, but is one piece of the puzzle that has the potential to significantly reduce youth and gang-violence in Sacramento.
Questions about these programs? Please contact Lt. Champion at 916.808.0310