Manny Aguilar: Leading Children Away from Gangs

Manny Aguilar, California Youth OutreachFrom the Salinas Californian: How do you help a child who’s already in trouble? Manny Aguilar will tell you it begins by becoming someone that child can accept and count on. Here he talks about his work as a gang intervention specialist with California Youth Outreach and the power of simply being a consistent, positive influence.

Q: Who does California Youth Outreach serve?

A: Our main focus is to work with those youth who are in gang-related situa- tions, whether they are gang members or on the cusp of becoming gang members. We try to intervene, to give them the opportunity to move out of that lifestyle. We work with the kids who are placed either at Juvenile Hall or the Youth Center.

Kristan Lundquist: How Community Centers Build Peace

Article: How community centers build peaceThis interview was conducted for the Salinas Californian by CASP Volunteer Rachel Vallarta Davidson. You can find the full video interview here.

Building relationships. It sounds so simple, but it can make all the difference to a child, a family and the whole community -- especially by reducing violence. So says Kristan Lundquist, who knows first-hand through her work with the City’s five neighborhood centers as a Community Service Manager.

Partners for Peace ~ Help Build Strong Families

Help buld strong families for peaceful communities.

Strong families are the key to our future.  Partners For Peace focuses on three key programs to build strong families: 

SPD Publishes a Helpful Community Guide

Salinas Police Department Community Guide"Our children deserve a future free from violence. We’re working together to give them one."

What can you do to help keep your children -- and our community -- safe? Click to download the English or Spanish language version of this very helpful community guide (PDF format) from the Salinas Police Department.

Remember, the police only want to arrest people as a last resort. It's far, far better to for children grow up happy, healthy and free of gangs, and the Salinas Police want to help make that happen.

El Sol runs our first Spanish language interview: Anahi Amador of Voices For Children

Anahi Amador of Voices for Children Monterey CountyRecently, CASP's Rosemary Soto interviewed Anahi Amador (pictured) about her work as the Advocate Supervisor at Voices For Children of Monterey County.

We're especially excited because it's the first of our interviews to be conducted in Spanish!

It was published in the Sept 6, 2013 issue of El Sol, the sister newspaper of The Californian, where our English interviews appear.

Click here to find it at El Sol's web site.

Thanks to El Sol editor Valentin Mendoza for his support!

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