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.

The leadership project was started in this particular neighborhood because of the high rate of crime and gang activity that occurs in this humble community, where many adult residents are Spanish-speaking and hard-working farm laborers. The people who joined the academy learned of the project by attending community "charlas," or chats, at the family center.

"This was a huge commitment. For each and every one of them to spend so much time on this, they should be commended," said Antonia Herrera, CASP manager.

News Item Publication Date: 
Saturday, March 24, 2012