6th Leadership Academy

5th Leadership Academy   We are excited to share that the 6th Leadership Academy will be starting February 23 from 6pm-8pm! For those that may not know, the academies are meant to engage and educate community level    leaders  who want to expand their leadership capacity.The overall mission of the Leadership  Academy is to  increase our community's leadership capacity by empowering concerned citizens with  the tools to  enact positive social changes.

National Night Out Salinas 2015 Is a Success!

National Night Out 2015

The City of Salinas and 50+ partner agencies of the Community Alliance for Safety and Peace participated National Night Out Salinas on Tuesday, August 4 from 3:00-6:30 p.m. at the Salinas Soccer Complex.  Over 300 commuinty members attended the event. The MRAP and Helcopters were the most popular attractions. Next we plan on ending the event later in the evening and adding a food element by having a food truck festival!

Homeless Children in Our Community

Homeless children in tentDuring the 2013/2014 school year, one-third of the students in the Salinas City Elementary School District were homeless. The district's Homeless Education Family Resource Center provides services to combat youth homelessness and to help families in need.

You can learn more -- including what you can do to help -- at the district's website. Or you can get in touch with Cheryl Camany, the district's homeless liaison, at (831) 809-3636 or ccamany@salinascity.k12.ca.us.

New STRYVE Report on Indicators of Youth Violence (2014)

STRYVE (Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere) is a federal program that focuses on strategies that prevent youth violence before it starts. With funding and technical assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Monterey County Health Department is implementing STRYVE to advance violence prevention through local partners. To measure the impact of violence reduction efforts in Salinas, we are tracking a selected set of violence indicators provided by the Salinas Police Department, the California Healthy Kids Survey, and other sources. The second report, was released in December 2014.  Full reports for both 2014 and 2010 are now available in the "Find a Resource" section under "Data and Reports."  View the 2014 report.

Meet the people building peace in the Alisal

Community Alliance for Safety and Peace (CASP) Director Jose Arreola
CASP Director Jose Arreola

From The Salinas CalifornianLike well-made carnitas, safety in Alisal is a complex amalgamation.

Despite his Peninsula origins, U.S. Rep. Sam Farr may have said it best: Poverty begets struggle, struggle begets desperation, desperation begets violence. And in Alisal there’s no lack of poverty.

Many will even say poverty is the root of violence not only in Alisal, but in similar communities nationwide. After all, Alisal isn’t the only disenfranchised community in the country.

But even as story upon story piles up outlining the homicides in Alisal, hope arises.

There’s hope in programs like Baktun 12, a band of Salinas residents telling Alisal’s story through youth engagement and music, and the Alisal Center for the Fine Arts, which gives children and teenagers a safe outlet for creative energy.

The Breadbox Recreation Center features dances, bands and basketball tournaments, and Cesar Chavez Library has been recently and loudly lauded for its numerous youth programs. Youth Orchestra Salinas still works with children at Jesse G. Sanchez Elementary School on North Sanborn Road.

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