SANTA ROSA VIOLENCE PREVENTION

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HISTORY

Established in 2003, the Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force (MGPTF) was created in response to a significant increase in violent crime in Santa Rosa. In lieu of a law enforcement approach to address youth and gang violence, Santa Rosa residents pledged for 20 years to support violence prevention efforts with the passage of MEASURE O (2004), a transaction and use tax of a quarter cent. In 2015, the MGPTF change its name to the Santa Rosa Violence Prevention Partnership and uses proceeds from MEASURE O (2004) to provide grants to non-profit organizations and local schools to provide social services in the strategic areas of school readiness, advocacy, and mediation in the street, students participation and prevention of school absenteeism and development of the workforce.

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 XI Grant Program funds 8 Santa Rosa-based non-profit organizations with $185 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.

SANTA ROSA 2021 COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT

In 2021 The Partnership conducted a Community Needs Assessment which gathered updated input from The Partnership’s Operational Team, Crisis Response Team, youth focus group discussions, parent and community surveys, and research on effective evidence-based practices to prevent, intervene and reduce various roots of violence among youth.

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.

SANTA ROSA COMMUNITY SAFETY SCORECARD

The 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.

MEASURE O  (2004) ORDINANCE

An Ordinance of the City of Santa Rosa imposing a Transaction and Use Tax. 

OUR YOUTH OUR SAFETY OUR COMMUNITY

OPEN HOUSE 

In late 2021, our team held several Open Houses to inform the community of the Santa Rosa Violence Prevention Partnership, including history, funding through Measure O, staffing and areas of focus.

The presentation will also cover VPP grant programs, roots of community violence, evaluation measures and where the work of the VPP falls on the spectrum of community engagement.

Recording below of the August 25, 2021 Open House

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