DUARTE, CA, August 27, 2018 -The City of Duarte has been awarded a $498,448 competitive state grant under the California Intervention and Prevention Grant Program (Cal-VIP) to reduce violent crime by 25% and expand trauma-based care to over 600 young adults 18-24 years of age in Duarte, Monrovia as well as adjoining unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. The grant will run September 2018 to August 2020. Out of 120 applicants, Duarte’s evidence-based project was one of only 40 awardees.
The objectives of the new Duarte Intervention and Prevention grant is to reduce crime, increase both positive youth development and cross cultural understanding by working closely with at-risk youth, parents, and teachers.
Fifty percent of the grant will expand social services at the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills; a non-profit organization that supports families through positive alternatives such as after-school care, summer and evidence-based programming. A new case management approach will also be implemented which has proven to be more effective in monitoring prevention, intervention, and reintegration efforts than the current model. Funds will also support the Duarte Public Safety and Teen Center youth outreach programs, including the Duarte Boxing Gym. Ten percent of the grant will begin an academic partnership with Azusa Pacific University to help independently evaluate the program and make necessary changes to improve existing services.
A portion of the grant will provide the Duarte Violence Prevention and Intervention Project with the funds necessary to expand the services of Los Angeles County Probation and Sheriff's departments. Deputies will focus on group mentoring, and early intervention by coordinating services with parents, schools, courts, law enforcement, and community partners. Through these positive relationships, school and community safety is reinforced and families learn the skills they need to be successful. Additionally, these special assignment deputies attend specific school and community events; are part of special anti-gang and drug programs; and serve as chaperones on field trips.
In 2009-2011, the City of Duarte was first awarded a two-year Cal-GRIP grant of $382,624, followed by a $668,664 grant in 2013-2014. In 2015, a third grant of approximately $1 million positively impacted the City's intervention programs through 2017. Most impactful changes included a 49% reduction in juvenile arrests and a 48% reduction in gang membership in the target area. Independent program evaluation also reported that 90% of involved youth were more confident, set attainable goals, had positive attitudes towards school and law enforcement, and had improved social and communication skills. For additional information on the Cal-VIP grant or its programs, please contact Aida Torres at the Duarte Public Safety at 626 357-7938 ext. 316 or A2Torres@lasd.org