Speller: The power of caring adults to change the lives of youth

Salinas Californian interview with Kathi Speller of Community of Caring Monterey Peninsula"In the U.S., nearly half of all young people between 10 and 18 years live in situations that put them at risk of not living up to their potential because they don’t have enough positive adult involvement."

So says Kathi Speller, Executive Director of Community of Caring Monterey Peninsula, which provides mentoring programs and other services to youth.

But there's reason for hope, says Kathi -- if we just do what we know works.

Trujillo a true local success story

By Jeff Mitchell at the Californian: Today, I thought I’d share a story about a man named Damian Trujillo. Some of you may know Trujillo as the high-profile TV reporter who works for KNTV-NBC in the Bay Area. But probably only a few of you know that Trujillo started out as a man of more distinctly humble roots — a man who once worked the fields in and around Greenfield with his family.

Empowering Parents: The Parent Project

News from Partners for Peace: The Parent Project® is a parent training program designed specifically for parents raising difficult or out-of-control adolescent children. The program has a 25-year track record working with parents of high-risk youth and is the largest court mandated juvenile diversion program in the country.

City of Salinas hires new community safety manager

From the Californian: The city of Salinas has hired a new community safety program manager to help manage the daily operation of an effort to engage residents in reducing violence.

Baseball great Joe Torre helps kick off Defending Childhood Month

Baseball great Joe Torre recently joined Bob Listenbee, the new administrator of the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), in launching Defending Childhood Month.

The goal is to draw attention to the critical importance of reducing childhood exposure to violence. It's tied into the work of the Justice Department's Defending Childhood Task Force, which includes CASP's own Georgina Mendoza, the Community Safety Director for the City of Salinas. Read on to learn more.

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