Established in 2003, the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force (MGPTF) was created in response to a significant increase in violent crimes in Santa Rosa. Rather than a law enforcement approach to address youth and gang violence, the residents of Santa Rosa made a 20-year commitment to support violence prevention efforts with the approval of MEASURE O (2004), a quarter-cent Transaction and Use Tax. In 2015, the MGPTF rebranded to the Santa Rosa Violence Prevention Partnership and utilizes MEASURE O (2004) revenue to provide grant funding to local non-profits and schools to deliver social services in the strategic areas of School Readiness, Street Outreach & Mediation, Student Engagement & Truancy Prevention, and Workforce Development.
MISSION Strengthening youth and families and building safe communities by leading, mobilizing and aligning our community resources.
VISION Safe and healthy youth connected to their families, schools, communities and future.
VALUES Value Youth Support Families Collaborate with Partners Build Resilience Strive for Equity INVEST The CHOICE Grant Program was launched in 2006 and with MEASURE O (2004) has funded non-profit organizations and schools with over $10 million in grants to support youth and families in creating safe and healthy communities. Currently, the CHOICE Cycle X Grant Program funds 10 Santa Rosa-based non-profit organizations with $1.68 million to provide services for the City's most underserved and vulnerable residents.
LEAD Convenes with a diverse set of policy stakeholders, direct service staff, and multi-disciplinary teams from various sectors that collectively strategize and deliver violence and deliver violence prevention programming and social services. EDUCATE The Violence Prevention Awareness Series raises community awareness and provides education and training's on the City's violence prevention efforts, in partnership with CHOICE-funded organizations throughout the year. The Partnership also supports community and civic engagement events through sponsorship's and mini-grants to support the underserved areas of Santa Rosa.
SRVPP Strategic Plan 2017-2022
The Partnership undertook an extensive strategic planning process which includes data gathering and analysis through surveys and focus groups with community members and partners.
This Community Safety Scorecard articulates the idea that safety is more than just crime statistics and incorporates indicators across four major domains: Economic Conditions, Crime and Safety, Family and Community Connectedness, School Conditions.
“Santa Rosa Violence Prevention prioritizes the successes of our most vulnerable and underserved youth and families, by investing in, leading, and educating our community. As Violence Prevention Manager for the City of Santa Rosa, we are committed to moving forward collectively, as a Partnership, in support of Our Youth, Our Safety, and Our Community.”