The Violence Prevention Partnership convenes with a diverse set of policy stakeholders, direct service staff, and multi-disciplinary teams from various sectors that collectively strategizes and delivers violence prevention programming and social services.
THE POLICY TEAM
The Policy Team provides leadership and direction by setting policies and monitoring the effectiveness of the effort. The Policy Team is chaired by the Mayor's appointee, currently, Council Member Tom Schwedhelm. Members of the Team are appointed by the Chair and Violence Prevention Manager to ensure it includes policymakers from a variety of sectors including education, non-profit organizations, community groups, the business and faith community, law enforcement, and residents.
One of our first challenges was actually acknowledging to our community we had an issue with youth violence. Our transparency attracted other members of our community who wanted to be part of the solution.”
Tom Schwedhelm, City of Santa Rosa
THE OPERATIONAL TEAM
The Operational Team consists of direct service staff members such as counselors, case managers, social workers and street outreach workers that provide services to youth and families in need of support. The group meets twice a month to engage in dialogues and collaborate on current trends and initiatives in the City and strategizes on how to best serve high-risk youth and families.
Operational Team meetings are closed to the public under the authority of the California Welfare and Institutions Code.
GUIDING PEOPLE SUCCESSFULLY (GPS)
Leveraging local MEASURE O (2004) Tax Revenue, the City obtained funding from the State of California and the County of Sonoma, to launch and administer a multi-disciplinary referral component known as GPS. Through a strength-based approach of youth development, a variety of comprehensive wrap-around services are offered to high-risk youth and families that include: workforce development, mental health services, leadership development, parent engagement & training's, and various pro-social recreational opportunities.
Do you know an at risk youth or community member you think could benefit from services? Use this form to submit their information. Service Referral Form - English or Spanish.