Parks & Recreation: Gang Intervention
Gang Intervention Team/Department of Juvenile Justice
(702) 455-7004 - CCParks@ClarkCountyNV.gov
Supervisor: Melvin Ennis, (702) 455-7007, EnnisML@ClarkCountyNV.gov
Gang Intervention Team/Department of Juvenile Justice will increase the competency of urban youth with a holistic approach that will enhance social etiquette, increase scholastic attitudes and achievement, train, develop and hone employment skills creating qualified, determined, self-motivated citizens.
To promote healthy behaviors in at-risk youth, and to be recognized as a leader in gang intervention programming.
- To develop a service model that supports the project style of management, generates positive outcomes and will accomplish project goals by training the targeted population in the areas of education, life skills, and employment.
- Develop and implement cross-cultural inter-agency collaborations.
- Develop; identify partners to implement a series of data gathering groups on youth employment opportunities, education enhancement tool techniques, and positive life skills.
- Develop and maintain positive relationships with all participating entities.
- Develop project curriculum for appropriate training sessions.
- Develop and implement a strategy to collaborate a staff-training schedule.
- Establish a system to measure Student achievement, Employment gain, Retention, and Social development.
- Identify target appropriate populations.
Project referrals will come from LasVegas Southern Nevada area. Working with all school aged youth between the ages of 12 to 18. Interact with parents to achieve a collaborative commitment supporting training styles of the Gang Intervention Team. Focus on returning youth to the mainstream community through schools, employment endeavors and positive interaction with local citizens providing additional referral services for families that lead to positive change and cohesion. Provide motivation and a commitment to staying drug free and away from criminal activity and a desire to make positive changes.
Staff will provide individual services that include: Identifying needs of the client. Provide referrals for identified problems. Provide or assist with individual transportation needs.
Overall service areas: Anger Management, Conflict Resolution, Social Recreation, Cycle of Violence, Peer Pressure, Role Models/Decision Making, Consequences, Respect Safety, Victimization, Recruitment, Leadership, GED Completion
Core service areas: Intervention, Cultural Awareness, Employment, Education/Training
Elements and/or programs utilized for successful implementation:
Back On Track Program Components
The Back on Track program is designed to address the problem of gang activity and will focus on "violence prevention and early intervention programs".
Late Nite Solution Core Service Areas
Late Nite Solutions is Seasonal and is held Friday and Saturday nights from 9:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. (hours chosen to keep youth of the streets during these times) and is designed to teach and enhance the participants knowledge and awareness of personal growth and life skills. Whether in structured workshops or enjoying leisure time in the game room, participants will be provided with positive techniques and alternatives to deal with a variety of situations.
Gang Intervention Team provides qualified staff supervision of Community Service participants received through the DJJS referral program at an average of 100 participants per week and 4,000 hours per year.
Southern Nevada Gang Task Force Intervention Steering Committee recommendations
Individual: Gang Member: active, inactive, or associate. Males and Females 14-22 years old.
Program: Motivation, committed to staying drug free and away from criminal activity, and a desire to make positive changes.
- Youth will understand the importance and dynamics of education, life skills, and employment processes as a whole.
- Youth will engage in healthy, positive relationships with peers of all sexes, ethnicity’s and walks of life.
- Coordinate services and training that will reconstruct the thought processes of youth and families in the community.
- Reduce the number of re-offenders referred to the Juvenile Justice Service Department.
- Assist the youth’s ability to meet benchmarks on high school/GED completion.
- To provide a foundation that young people are proud to model, live by, and adopt as a righteous way of life.
- Youth will become fully engaged in services participated in.
- Increase cultural, social, and civic competencies.
- Increase academic competencies and employability.
- Enhance life-skills programs and participation.
- Reduction in participation of at-risk behaviors.
- Decrease in problematic behavior.
- Increase workforce employability.
- Staff will be able to function as leaders, educators, and life coaches.
- Assist in long-term behavior modification.
- Increase capacity to conduct group activities including service and cultural development.
- Increase pro-social skills in all participants.
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