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

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.

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.


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