Long Beach Gang Reduction and Intervention Project 6
CHER has been selected to carry out a comprehensive evaluation of the Long Beach California Gang Reduction and Intervention Project (CalGRIP) 6, an ongoing state-funded project to reduce gang activity among at-risk youth living in disadvantaged areas of Long Beach. The year-long, mixed methods evaluation will occur in three phases, beginning with an assessment of project activities and existing data, and development of data collection instruments. In the second phase, CHER will gather both quantitative and qualitative data through surveys and in-depth interviews with youth participants and partner agencies to determine the project’s effect on changing participants’ attitude about gang involvement and other delinquent behavior. The third and final phase will consist of data analysis, report-writing, and dissemination of findings to partner agencies.
CalGRIP 6 takes a comprehensive, or wraparound, approach to address the root causes of youth delinquency. At-risk youth are identified and referred to the CalGRIP 6 project by LA County Probation, Long Beach Police Department, LA County of Department of Child and Family Services, or Long Beach Unified School District. As a CalGRIP 6 participant, youth can enroll in any of the three project services, which include leadership development, jobs training, and mentorship. The Pacific Gateway Hire-A-Youth program provides short-term training and job placement to age-eligible participants, while Big Brother Big Sister of Greater Los Angeles matches youth participants with mentors that serve as positive role models. The Long Beach Police Department’s Youth Leadership Academy strengthens participants’ leadership skills, as well as their linkages to schools, families, and the community. In addition to providing services for at-risk youth, CalGRIP 6 has partnered with Transforming Life Inc. to provide the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), which offers parenting workshops on effective parenting skills to improve parent/child relationships.