OJJDP Evaluation: CSC’s Integrated Approach is an Effective Youth Violence Intervention Strategy
“Street by Street: Cross-Site Evaluation of the
OJJDP Community-Based Violence Prevention Demonstration Program”
Washington, DC – The Collaborative Solutions for Communities (CSC) is pleased to release the John Jay College of Criminal Justice “Street by Street: Cross-Site Evaluation of the OJJDP Community-Based Violence Prevention Demonstration Program”. (Link to CSC Youth Violence Prevention Website) The youth violence intervention and prevention initiative was implemented in seven Northwest DC neighborhoods between 2010 – 2014 and funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).
CSC acknowledges the young people and families we work with, former Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier, the officers of the MPD Gang Fusion Unit, Maria Tukeva (principal of the Columbia Heights Education Campus), Dr. Tanya Roane (principal of the Cardozo Education Campus), Deputy Mayor Brenda Donald (Health and Human Services), Lori Kaplan (Director of the Latin American Youth Center), Dawn Moreland and JJ Current (Medstar / Washington Hospital Center Trauma Unit), Maria Gomez and Beth Perry (Mary’s Center), and Albert Herring and Wendy Pohlhaus with the United States Attorney’s Office of the District of Columbia.
The evaluation found several aspects of the Gang Intervention Partnership strategy particularly effective:
- Foremost was the CSC focused outreach strategy and outreach staff who developed positive relationships with young people and their families and proactively engaged them in youth development and family support services. The Outreach staff 24-hour availability to youth and families was demonstrative and strengthened the model.
- The evaluation also highlighted the integrated use of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy techniques and Family Group Conferencing as an effective youth violence intervention strategy.
- CSC’s emphasis on youth and family strengths helped participants identify resources within their own families and network of friends to address the root causes of violence and realistic paths towards a violence free future.
- Strong partnerships between CSC and schools, local and federal law enforcement agencies, community-based partners, hospitals, and District agencies enhanced the overall effectiveness of the Critical Incident Meeting Protocol, reducing the potential of retaliatory violence, delivering timely services to persons and families when needed the most, and coordinating follow-up interventions and services as needed.
“As practitioners, we are focused on strengthening youth, families and communities” says Ms. Griffith, “We are honored to have research by John Jay College recognize our work as an effective intervention strategy.”
For more information regarding the “Street by Street” report, contact Penelope Griffith, 202.518.6737 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Collaborative Solutions for Communities (CSC):
Since 1996, CSC has developed a comprehensive four-pronged approach to our work, which includes: youth violence prevention, wraparound family support services, workforce development, and community capacity-building. We serve over 700 families and 2,500 individuals annually with a primary population of low-income families and individuals in crisis. Learn more at www.wearecsc.org