California Cities Gang Prevention Network

Formed in 2007, the California Cities Gang Prevention Network, the first of its kind in the nation, focuses on successful anti-gang policies and practices that interweave prevention, intervention, enforcement and a community’s “moral voice” as an alternative to prison-only solutions.

NLC and the Oakland-based National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) sponsor the network of 13 major cities. The network goals are to:

  • Identify and document successful strategies and approaches to reduce gang violence and victimization;
  • Forge a vibrant peer learning network among the 13 participating cities to help them develop and implement comprehensive, balanced, citywide gang prevention plans; and
  • Identify state and federal policies that would support effective local practices.

NLC and NCCD launched the network with support from the California Wellness Foundation, the California Endowment, as well as initial support from the East Bay Community Foundation, the Richmond Children's Foundation, and the Evelyn and Walter Haass, Jr., Fund. Participating cities include Fresno, Los Angeles (San Fernando Valley), Oakland, Oxnard, Richmond, Sacramento, Salinas, San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose, Santa Rosa, and Stockton.

Membership
This is a closed 13-city network. Local elected officials and senior municipal staff join law enforcement officials, school district administrators, community organizations, county agencies, and a range of other partners in broad-based teams to develop and implement a local gang prevention plan. An Advisory Board guides the network and assists with state and federal policy proposals.

Benefits
Periodic bulletins and regular emails: NCCD sends a periodic bulletin to network members highlighting city strategies, upcoming events, and gang prevention resources. Network members also receive frequent emails from YEF Institute staff and consultants highlighting important news, policy issues, and funding opportunities.

Cross-city peer learning: CCGPN project cities interact with each other and with YEF Institute and NCCD staff and other experts on a regular basis through conference calls, site visits, and phone consultations. In addition, the network meets twice per year - once for project team leads and once for all city teams.

Resource bank: In addition to the bulletins, network members receive information on a broad range of topics, which are made available at the network website: www.ccgpn.org. These resources include a strategy guide on Implementing a Citywide Gang Violence Reduction Plan, a paper on Developing a Successful Street Outreach Program, and a toolkit on Preventing Gang Violence and Building Communities Where Young People Thrive.

Sample Resources
Preventing Gang Violence and Building Communities Where Young People Thrive (2010) (PDF)
Implementing a Citywide Gang Violence Reduction Strategy (2008) (PDF)

How to Join
This network is only open to members of the 13 project city teams. To learn more about the California Cities Gang Prevention Network, visit www.ccgpn.org.