White House Champion of Change Fernanda Ocana

Honored as a Champion of Change by the President, 19-year-old Fernanda Ocana speaks at the White House about making a difference with Building Healthy Communities, Girls Inc and CASP.

Kelly McMillin on White House Champions of Change Panel

Salinas Deputy Police Chief Kelly McMillin was among 12 people working to reduce youth violence who were honored at the White House as Champions of Change on April 4, 2012.

Two locals working for peace to be honored at White House

From KSBW-TV: Salinas city leaders and teens are in Washington D.C. this week as part of an effort to combat youth and gang violence across the country.

Representatives from Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, San Jose and Salinas met with the U.S. Department of Justice for Tuesday's National Forum On Youth Violence Prevention summit on combating youth crime.

Salinas officials joining anti-gang summit in DC

From the Monterey Herald, 3/31/2012: A delegation from Salinas involved in anti-gang efforts is heading to Washington, D.C., next week to participate in a summit on preventing youth violence.

Salinas is one of six cities from across the U.S. participating in the summit, which is part of a White House-sponsored effort designed to share gang-reduction strategies.

The National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, which includes Salinas, San Jose, Boston, Chicago, Detroit and Memphis, has been meeting twice a year since October 2010.

Community takes charge of its neighborhood

Salinas Californian, March 24, 2012: Twenty-five community members stepped up to become part of the solution in the Hebron Heights neighborhood by volunteering six Saturdays to a leadership academy aimed at empowering people to become leaders in Salinas.

As part of the "For our Future/Para Nuestro Futuro Leadership Academy," a city of Salinas and Community Alliance for Safety and Peace movement, 22 women and three men will graduate at 5 p.m. today at the Hebron Family Center, 682 Fremont St.


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