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!

Rancho Cielo grads build firm foundation

From the Monterey Herald: Rancho Cielo students on Thursday received what once seemed impossible: their high school or GED diplomas. "We were the mess-ups, the low men on the totem pole, the dropouts," Martin Montoya told family, friends, staff and students at the graduation ceremony for Rancho Cielo's YouthBuild construction program.

A ceremony for Rancho Cielo's culinary academy graduates was held earlier Thursday.

"Leaving high school is a huge transition in our lives and none of us know what the world has in store for us," Montoya said. "I do know, however, that we have now been given the tools to deal with those life events."

Rancho Cielo is a school and social services center in Salinas that provides educational opportunities and job training for at-risk youth in Monterey County.

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