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Chaired by Lydia A. Hollie, JD/MAED, the Long Beach Youth and Gang Violence Task Force, in collaboration with the Long Beach Weed and Seed Program Steering Committee, spearheaded efforts that led to the acquisition of $400,000 for the Long Beach Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention Project. This project was designed to address critical unmet community needs necessary to effectively address growing youth andgang violence through a youth-centered, community-wide approach. Project efforts are expected to reduce violent crimes, decrease the number of gang-related offenses, and thereby increase self-esteem and self-worth. In April 2008, the California Governor's Office awarded $400,000 to the city of Long Beach to advance these efforts. In February 2009, the Long Beach Youth and Gang Violence Task Force transitioned into the Long Beach CalGRIP Advisory Council with direct oversight of fund allocations and program outcomes.