To view the CHOICE Cycle VII Request for Qualifications please click here to download a printable copy.
CHOICE Grant Background:
In 2008, the MGPTF established a Strategic Work Plan for 2008 – 2011 to organize a coordinated, community-wide effort to address the gang violence in our community. This plan combines the latest research on successful approaches to healthy youth development with a strategy to provide more prevention and intervention services to gang-involved and disconnected youth. By committing to supporting Santa Rosa’s youth, the community is sending a clear message of support for youth to stay in school, reconnect with their families and communities, enjoy a supportive and healthy environment to learn and grow, and engage in pro-social behaviors. Ultimately the MGPTF envisions youth who maintain a sense of responsibility for their actions with accountability to themselves and others.
The Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force 2012-2016 Strategic Work Plan can be viewed at www.gangprevention.srcity.org. The current strategic plan focuses on the following strategic goals:
Goal #1 “Awareness” – Create an education and awareness campaign regarding the risk factors affecting youth and the resources available to them.
Goal #2 “Prevention” – Increase the number of prevention programs with the priority target being high-risk neighborhoods.
Goal #3 “Intervention” – Increase intervention services and create positive opportunities for high-risk and gang-involved youth and their families.
Goal #4 “Enforcement” – Increase enforcement efforts of serious and violent crime and enhance the sense of safety reported by the public.
Goal #5 "Re-Entry" -- Ensure the successful re-entry of youth and adults re-entering our community after incarceration.
Goal #6 "Regionalization" -- Assist other communities in our region to work together to address the mobile nature of youth violence and gangs.
Goal #7 “Measurements/Metrics” – Create a delivery system and measures to track effort, effect, and results of ongoing programs.
Annual Needs Assessment:
The CHOICE Santa Rosa’s CHOICE, Reclaiming Our Youth Gang Prevention and Intervention Grant Program service needs have been identified through the following steps:
Community Needs Assessments by way of focus groups with youth, parents, service providers, Burbank Housing property managers, schools, and the MGPTF Policy and Operational Teams conducted throughout the City for the MGPTF strategic planning process from October 2011 through March 2012.
- Review of other data, such as crime and school reports/surveys related to the CHOICE target populations
California Healthy Kids Survey for grades 5, 7, 9 and 11 in all Santa Rosa schools
Review and analysis of data from program evaluations of CHOICE service providers
To view the 2011-2012 Community Needs Summary, please click here.
Santa Rosa’s CHOICE Cycle VII grant program seeks to provide funding to public and non-profit agencies to implement gang prevention, intervention, and suppression programs for youth exhibiting medium-high to high-risk behaviors and their families. Agencies must implement programming aimed at the identified Target Population and fall within the framework of the MGPTF Strategic Work Plan, Measure O ordinance requirements, and Eligible Service Areas. Descriptions of the Target Population and Eligible Service Areas can be found in Part III: Services Requested.
Through the needs assessment process conducted during the fall 2011, the CITY identified the following Eligible Service Areas for the 2012 Cycle VI Request for Qualifications release:
1. Personal Transformation Through Intervention and Case Management
2. Cognitive Behavior Change and Life Skills Education
3. Street Outreach Worker Services: Gang Outreach, Intervention, Mediation
4. Vocational/Job Training Services
5. Parent Awareness, Education, and Training