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Peace Project Soledad Yif Presentation

  1. 1. Summer 2009 P.E.A.C.E. Project (People Enthusiastic About the Community and Environment)
  2. 2. P.E.A.C.E. Project <ul><li>Group of mixed teens ranging from ages 14 to 19 </li></ul><ul><li>Summer work program, through the Monterey County Office of Employment & Training. </li></ul><ul><li>Looked at the positives and negatives in the Soledad community. </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion - We need a Youth Center. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Issues <ul><li>Gang violence </li></ul><ul><li>Drug Abuse </li></ul><ul><li>Not enough programs for the youth </li></ul><ul><li>Teen Pregnancies </li></ul><ul><li>Vandalism </li></ul>
  4. 4. Research Question Do you believe a Youth Center will help reduce violence in Soledad?
  5. 5. Our Research <ul><li>Created youth/adult surveys & conducted interviews with key stakeholders in the Soledad community. </li></ul><ul><li>Sample question: “What types of programs should the Youth Center provide? </li></ul><ul><li>Surveys collected: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>127 adults </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>100 youth </li></ul></ul><ul><li>” </li></ul>
  6. 6. Soledad P.E.A.C.E Project
  7. 7. Findings (1) <ul><li>The majority of youth and adults in Soledad want a Youth Center. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>89.8% of youth </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>98.5% of adults </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>“ [A youth center would] keep them away from gangs or other problems. Also it would give them more education and job skills.” - Anonymous adult </li></ul>
  8. 8. Findings (2) <ul><li>A Youth Center in Soledad would help prevent youth violence. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>75.6% of youth agree </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>94.5% of adults agree </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ I feel it will brighten the future for the youth” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>-Anonymous adult </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Findings (3) <ul><li>Most of the youth and adults prefer the following activities for the Youth Center… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sports (31% youth, 36% adults) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Games (22% youth) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Field Trips (9% youth) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Art (16% adults) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Counseling (13% adults) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cooking </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Findings (4) <ul><li>The main reasons youth feel they get in trouble in Soledad are because of Alcohol, Drugs, Fighting, & Peer Pressure to do the above. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>81% of all youth surveyed feel that fights are the #1 reason. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>67% of the youth surveyed feel that drugs and alcohol are the #2 reason. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>61% of the youth surveyed feel that peer pressure is the #3 reason. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Findings (5) <ul><li>Most adults think that youth get into trouble because of lack of given attention. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>71.3 % of all adults surveyed feel that lack of attention is the #1 reason. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>67.2 of all adults surveyed feel that peer pressure is the #2 reason. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>67.2% of all adults surveyed feel that bad relationship with adults is the #3 reason. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Findings (6) <ul><li>When asked if drugs/alcohol is a reason that youth get into trouble: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5% of adults agreed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>67% of youth agreed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>This could mean adults are disconnected or uninformed about what is causing young people to get in trouble in Soledad! </li></ul>
  13. 13. Recommendations <ul><li>The city of Soledad should open a Youth Center. </li></ul><ul><li>Families should be involved in the Youth Center through events, family nights, & parenting classes. </li></ul><ul><li>Parents should be informed about the benefits of a Youth Center through advertising such as the local newspaper, T.V., radio, & billboards. </li></ul><ul><li>Adults should be informed about gang violence through Youth Center activities like adult classes & family nights. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Recommendations <ul><li>Continue to engage community through website – include ways to donate online & take survey. </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Center: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth-led programming. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Offer boys & girls different options - sports, games, peer & computers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Offer different field trips </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have counseling available for those that have a drug problem </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide peer counseling regarding drugs, alcohol, & other issues. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide employment for the youth of Soledad. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Summary <ul><li>The majority of youth & adults in Soledad want a Youth Center. </li></ul><ul><li>A Youth Center in Soledad would help prevent youth violence. </li></ul><ul><li>Sports, Art & Cooking Classes, & Counseling should be some of the activities & programs provided at the Youth Center. </li></ul><ul><li>Adults are disconnected or uninformed about what is causing young people to get in trouble in Soledad! </li></ul>
  16. 16. Action Plan <ul><li>Present to city council </li></ul><ul><li>Create a working group </li></ul><ul><li>Inform the youth & adults about the benefits for the Youth Center </li></ul><ul><li>More research on the impacts of youth centers in other communities & how to raise money to develop </li></ul>
  17. 17. Thank You! <ul><li>Monterey County Office of Employment and Training </li></ul><ul><li>Jacob Ruelas- CET Inc. Soledad </li></ul><ul><li>Youth In Focus </li></ul><ul><li>Lieutenant Jamie Fernandez Soledad Police Department </li></ul><ul><li>Carol Alvarado- Library </li></ul><ul><li>Steve Orozco- YMCA </li></ul><ul><li>Mayor Richard Ortiz </li></ul><ul><li>SoMoCo CAT committee </li></ul><ul><li>Community of Soledad </li></ul><ul><li>Marta Rosado </li></ul><ul><li>Sergio Cuellar </li></ul>
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