Guiding People Successfully (GPS)

The City of Santa Rosa’s Violence Prevention Partnership (The Partnership) administers the Guiding People Successfully (GPS) program, to provide coordinated wraparound services for gang-impacted, probationary and/or underserved youth who are at-risk for involvement with the juvenile justice system and gang violence.  

 The core elements of the GPS program are (1) centralized intake (2) preliminary identification of risk and protective factors; (3) referrals to community-based organizations who provide a variety of interventions and services; and (4) case management through a facilitated Multi-Disciplinary Assessment and Referral Team (MDART).  

 In collaboration with Sonoma County Probation, GPS delivers a Positive Youth Justice model approach to identify& assess youth who are at imminent risk of gang involvement and then strategizes on opportunities to create safe and healthy neighborhoods for our community. 

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.

For more information, please email or call 707-543-4681

Community Safety Scorecard
The Santa Rosa Violence Prevention Partnership (The Partnership), after rebranding from the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force in 2015, expanded the scope of its mission to reduce youth and gang violence by adopting a public health approach. Consistent with other local initiatives – such as Health Action, Cradle to Career, and Upstream Investments – to improve the health and safety of the community, this upstream approach of understanding the root causes of violence provides The Partnership with an opportunity to identify strategies that will address the key determinants of the community’s overall health and safety. This Community Safety Scorecard (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

The Scorecard establishes seventeen different community safety indicators that can guide and influence decisions intended to maintain and improve community safety at a neighborhood level.

This tool can also be used for tracking progress over time and informing new investments or reallocation of existing resources. Moreover, the Scorecard is a tool for shared accountability among the agencies who comprise The Partnership to implement collective action efforts based on common goals.
 Download Community Scorecard

Community Resources

Gang Prevention and Intervention
Education & referrals for youth
(707) 543-4681

Anonymous Gang Hotline
Report gang activity in Santa Rosa
(707) 543-4264

Graffiti Hotline
Report graffiti in Santa Rosa
(707) 543-3499 or MySantaRosa app

Local Community Programs & Services
Food, housing, health care & more
2-1-1 or (707) 565-2108

Anonymous Drug Hotline
Report drug activity
(707) 544-3787

North Bay Suicide Prevention Hotline
(855) 587-6373

Additional Resources

ACES Connection                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ACEs Connection is a social network that accelerates the global movement toward recognizing the impact of adverse childhood experiences in shaping adult behavior and health, and reforming all communities and institutions -- from schools to prisons to hospitals and churches -- to help heal and develop resilience rather than to continue to traumatize already traumatized people.

The network achieves this by creating a safe place and a trusted source where members share information, explore resources and access tools that help them work together to create resilient families, systems and communities. A companion site,, provides news to the general public as part of the ACEs Connection Network.

Community Toolbox 
The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action in communities. Want to learn about community assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, advocacy, and other aspects of community practice? Then help yourself to over 300 educational modules and other free tools.

UNITY RoadMap: A Framework for Effectiveness and Sustainability 
The UNITY RoadMap is a resource for cities to prevent violence before it occurs by mapping out solutions to effectively and sustainably prevent violence.

Homeboy Industries                                                                                                                                                                                                              Homeboy Industries provides hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community.


Parents' Guide to Gangs 
This guide from the National Gang Center is designed to provide parents with answers to common questions about gangs to enable them to recognize and prevent gang involvement.

Preventing Gang Violence and Building Communities Where Young People Thrive 
This toolkit draws upon lessons learned over three years from the California Cities Gang Prevention Network. This toolkit provides local leaders with the ideas and knowledge needed to strengthen their existing gang prevention initiatives.

"Why Youth Join Gang"                                                                                                                                                                                         This video presentation features gang researchers, practitioners, and young people who were previously involved in gangs. Learn about research regarding gang joining, as well as firsthand insights into the behaviors and the circumstances that you might observe when interacting with youth who are at high risk of joining a gang.

Report: Repeat Crime Victims in California 
A new report on repeat victimization in California adds to the body of research showing that traditional notions of who crime victims are and what they need from the justice system are misguided. Inability to access recovery services increases risk of repeat harm.

Community Corrections – Key to Public Safety                                                                                                                                                           Under Realignment, community corrections (supervised probation and the use of evidence-based practices and performance-based funding) are more important than ever for holding people accountable and reducing recidivism.

Latino Voices: The Impact of Crime and Criminal Justice Policies on Latinos reveals that most public safety policies don’t align with many Latino needs and values – and highlights growing calls for change.

 Educational Alignment for Young Children: Profiles of Local Innovation (2012) 
This case study report highlights an emerging city strategy for ensuring that more young children are poised for educational success: the alignment of early care and education programs with K-12 education systems. The report identifies five cities that are on the leading edge of efforts to create a seamless educational pipeline for children ages 0-8. Innovative alignment strategies in Boston, Hartford, San Antonio, San José and Seattle aim to ensure that more children are succeeding in school and reading at grade level by the end of third grade.

Expanding Options: City Roles in Creating High School Alternatives for Struggling Students (2010) 
This report draws upon lessons learned from a YEF Institute project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in which five cities increased the choices available to students who struggle in traditional high school settings or are at risk for dropping out.