Gang Violence Bridging Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 07/25/96

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

CAL STATE L.A. RECEIVES $100,000 AWARD
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.

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