Georgina Mendoza: Exposure to violence harms children

Salinas Community Safety Director and CASP Director Georgina MendozaFrom the Salinas Californian: We’re all horrified at the thought of children suffering violence directly. But what many of us don’t realize is that simply being exposed to violence can harm a child for life — and impose huge costs on the community.

According to a recently released report, childhood exposure to violence, or CEV, is a national crisis, affecting about two out of every three American children.

The report follows a year of work by the US Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence, co-chaired by baseball great Joe Torre and Justice Department administrator Robert Listenbee Jr.

Among the members of that task force was Georgina Mendoza, Community Safety Director for the City of Salinas. In the following interview, Mendoza describes the urgent need to address CEV both nationally and locally.

Volunteer now for Castle of the Dead

Sun Street Centers and Salinas Girls Fast Pitch are hosting their 3rd annual Haunted House and Pumpkin Patch at the Storm House (behind the Rodeo Grounds), October 26th—31st, 2013.

You can volunteer to be an actor, a game operator, a costume or makeup artist, or to help with building!

Volunteer meetings will start in September.

For more information contact: Leslie Leach lleach@sunstreet.org 831.753.5150.

A downloadable flyer is attached.

Parents Can Help Prevent Gun Violence

The first in a series of what can be done to prevent and/or curb gun violence.  Stay tuned for additional actions that can be done by each and every one of us. 

As we know, little will change until we shift what we have accepted as normal and alter the culture that has been created to accept violence. 

Bob Brunson: How to raise kids who won't join gangs

Book cover: How to raise emotionally healthy childrenFrom the Salinas Californian (and see the video interview on YouTube): What leads to success in life? One of the most important factors — even more so than intelligence — is emotional health.

It’s lack of emotional health that leads some kids to join gangs. It’s why many use drugs or become pregnant too young. So says Bob Brunson, a licensed marriage and family therapist who manages the Monterey County Behavioral Health Services Department.

In the following interview, Brunson explains the critical importance of raising emotionally healthy children.

Jose Arreola: Build community safety through action

Salinas and CASP Community Safety Manager Jose Arreola“I want our community members to understand that they are the most important actors in making positive change,” says Jose Arreola, the recently appointed Community Safety Manager for CASP and the City of Salinas.

Jose was interviewed by CASP member Stacy Hughes for the Californian's Saturday edition.

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