The Partnership has invested in numerous programs that support pro-social behavior in youth and families and has provided alternatives to gang involvement by supporting community organizations that align with The Partnership’s Mission and Vision.  


In 2004, voters in Santa Rosa passed Measure O, a quarter-cent Transaction and Use Tax to provide critical funding for gang prevention programming. Beginning in 2006, the Measure O CHOICE Grant Program was created to provide a variety of youth and parenting programs, which focus on gang and anti-violence education, prevention and intervention, community safety, and a comprehensive array of social services in high need neighborhoods. 

Community Helping Our Indispensable Children Excel (CHOICE) Grants


On December 17, 2019, staff from the Violence Prevention Partnership made funding recommendations to City Council for the CHOICE Cycle X Grant Program. The City Council unanimously approved the funding recommendations totaling $840,000. The following list of agencies will implement community-based services under the CHOICE Cycle X Grant Program beginning January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

CHOICE Cycle X Funding Recommendations - Program Descriptions

CHOICE Cycle X Grantees

Agency & Contact Program & Award Amount
Boys & Girls Club of Sonoma-Marin
Jennifer Weiss
Diversion & Intervention (REACH)
Center for Well-Being
Karissa Moreno
Project T.R.U.E
Child Parent Institute 
Robin Bowen
Family Focused Prevention & Intervention
Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County (CAP)
Susan Cooper
Roseland Strong
Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County (4Cs)
Melanie Dodson
Early Education Outreach Specialist
Conservation Corps North Bay (CCNB)
Angel Minor
Career Pathways
Craig Anderson

LifeWorks of Sonoma County
Michelle Fountain
El Puente
The Salvation Army
Rio Ray
Tutoring & Mentoring (TAM) at Schools
Social Advocates for Youth (SAY)
Elizabeth Goldman
Career & Life Readiness


The City of Santa Rosa is currently operating under limited conditions due to the current coronavirus public health crisis. 

At this time, the Violence Prevention Partnership is not accepting CHOICE Mini Grant Program applications due to modifying the funding to COVID-19 emergency sponsorships. 

For more information, please contact Jason Carter at

Mini-Grant Timeline

Requests Received By: Determination Communicated By:
March 31 June 30
June 30 September 30
September 30 December 31
December 31 March 31