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 Partnership Resources


Program Name

Description of Program

Boys & Girls Club

of  Sonoma-Marin

Jennifer Weiss

Diversion & Intervention




REACH and The Club @ Juvenile Hall aim to mitigate dangerous behavior of high-risk youth through outreach, mediation, and intervention, along with life skills education and cognitive development programs to change the lives of youth. 

Center For Well Being

Karissa Moreno

Project T.R.U.E.



A school-based leadership program empowering Santa Rosa youth in undeserved and high-need areas to succeed in school and post-graduation. The program employs a strength-based and upstream harm reduction model that is effective in increasing school engagement and fostering student success. 

Child Parent Institute

Robin Bowen

Family Focused Prevention & Intervention



Utilizes the Triple Program, in partnership with the Roseland School District, to provide parent education and support to high-risk families, including community-based classes and in-home visits. 

Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County

Susan Cooper

Roseland Strong Initiative



Continuum of integrated, place-based programs providing services in southwest Santa Rosa focusing on youth and family success, including building strong relationships with residents and connecting them to partners and the larger community. 

Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County (4Cs)

Melanie Dodson

Early Education Outreach Specialist



In addition to providing Early Learning Scholarships to families in need, staff will conduct targeted, culturally competent outreach to families where they live with the goal of fully enrolling 4Cs preschools and child care subsidy programs. 

Conservation Corps North Bay (CCNB) 
Angel Minor
Career Pathways


The program engages the diverse target population of youth ages 18-24 from Santa Rosa’s high-need areas with paid workforce development, academic credentialing, and wraparound support services needed to build resiliency and economic stability while gaining valuable skills in natural resources, zero waste and construction. 


Craig Anderson






A suite of programs providing high quality and repeated educational enrichment in school aged youth in high-need areas through social, recreational and cultural activities. 

An early childhood literacy program for ages 0 to 5, offering high quality, fun playful and supportive learning experiences. The program incorporates parents & caregivers to build their confidence and skills within their community to further improve young children’s readiness for school. 

LifeWorks of Sonoma County

Michelle Fountain

El Puente 

(The Bridge)



Offers bilingual school programs, family counseling, and parent education for at-risk and gang-affiliated youth to help youth develop self-esteem by teaching personal and interpersonal skills and cultivating their sense of family, school, and community that will help them discover their own value.

The Salvation Army

Rio Ray

Tutoring & Mentoring (TAM) at Schools


Tutoring & mentoring programs at four Santa Rosa school in high-needs areas to provide academic assistance and life skills development.

Social Advocates for Youth

Elizabeth Goldman

SAY Career and Life Readiness


Prevention and intervention workforce development services focusing on resolving present barrier(s) while utilizing a strength-based and trauma-informed approach in supporting the youth’s achievement for employment and educational goals.


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.

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.


"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.

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.