Robert Reyes: Treatment, Not Prison for At-Risk Youth

Silver Star manager Robert ReyesFrom the Salinas Californian: When you think about probation, you probably think of law enforcement. But in Monterey County, it’s about that and much more — including preventing crime from happening in the first place.

That’s thanks to the Silver Star Resource Center, an innovative partnership of the Probation Department and social service agencies.

Silver Star seeks to reduce juvenile delinquency through treatment. In the following interview, Silver Star manager Robert Reyes explains how the program saves young people’s lives — while also saving taxpayers’ money.

What makes the Silver Star Resource Center unique?

We look at risk factors in five areas: family, community, school, individual and peer group. Then we work together as a collaborative to provide services that will reduce those risk factors. Nine agencies are housed at Silver Star: California Youth Outreach; Second Chance Youth and Family Services; Partners for Peace; the Office of Employment Training; Children’s Behavioral Health; Monterey County Probation Dept.; DA Truancy Abatement Program; Community of Human Services, Monterey; and the Monterey County Office of Education.

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.

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