Our Strategy for Peace, 2013 Update

Download the PDF of our strategy, and learn about how everything we do works together to build peace.

A Helpful Community Guide from the Salinas Police Department

"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.

Neighborhood Problem Solver: How to Organize to Get Things Done

The Neighborhood problem Solver document was created by the City of Salinas to help residents get things done in their own neighborhoods. It's full of useful information, on Identifying the Problem, Organizing Your Neighbors, Running an Effective Meeting, Community Resources, and much more.

How to Tell if Your Child is Involved in a Gang

Here's a really helpful guide from 2nd Chance Youth Services:

Gangs leave signs of their presence. Your child may adopt some of those signs as either someone who wants to be a gang member, already a gang member or is imitating gang behavior and dress. Your child may be:

How to Bike for Fun or Transportation--Safely!

The Bicycling Monterey website is an Information Hub for Biking in Monterey County, with resources for children, teens, and adults.

The site offers tips on bike safety, bike laws, where to buy a used or new bike, bicycle security (how to avoid your bike being stolen), where to bike (maps, route tips, group rides, and more), bike community events, high school bike teams (for public, private, and homeschoolers), mountain bike and road bike clubs, night riding, bike-and-ride (taking your bike on an MST bus, Amtrak, etc.), bicycle parking (laws and etiquette), how to advocate for better bike infrastructure, and much more.

RJP Reintegration Circles Program

Restorative Justice Partners, Inc., a non-profit agency in Marina providing restorative justice services to Monterey County, is offering a Reintegration Circles program for recently incarcerated, newly released individuals to support their successful re-entry and reintegration into our community. The Reintegration Circle process has two broad aims: 

Strengthening Families Program: a nationally recognized program for parents and youth ages 10-14 years.

Help your youth avoid problems with drugs and alchohol and strengthen family communication.  Parents and youth learn skills together while having fun. Strengthening Families Program is a nationally recognized program for parents and youth ages 10-14 years. Email, call (831)753-3888 or check our web site for more details.

Childhood Matters Radio Show for Parents and Providers

Childhood Matters is a live one-hour weekly call-in radio show on 98.1 KISS-FM in the San Francisco Bay Area, 105.1 KOCN-FM in Monterey and Santa Cruz, and KBBF 89.1-FM in the North Bay, and 1480 KGOE-AM in Eureka. The show is presented by Interactive Parenting Media. 

Community Partnership for Youth on Helping Children Learn to Read

While many know CPY for their prevention programs against gangs, drugs and violence, it is also just as dedicated to improving the reading skills of its students. Reading every day is a key component of the mentor-tutor program. In California alone, over 33 percent of children will not finish high school due to illiteracy.

How to Help Your Teenager Find a Job

Youth Employment Program

Monterey County's Youth Employment Program is designed to provide help toward the attainment of a high school education and development of work skills leading to employment. Teamwork and leadership growth alongside educational and employment achievement are goals youth participants are encouraged to apply toward success. Services include mentoring, education, workshop activities and work experience.