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Yi Fpresentation Board Of Supervisors

  1. 1. Youth in Focus Project Summer Youth Employment Program 2009 One Stop Career Center Monterey County
  2. 2. Four Teams of Youth Researchers <ul><li>STOP - Rancho Cielo, Salinas - Violence </li></ul><ul><li>Salas - Boys & Girls Club, Salinas - Drug Use </li></ul><ul><li>Peace – Center for Employment Training, Soledad- Youth Center </li></ul><ul><li>New Side - Boys & Girls Club, Seaside - Economy </li></ul>
  3. 3. What We Did… <ul><li>Each team: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chose social issue to research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learned how to do action research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Went out into community to research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We received national attention for our efforts </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Boys & Girls Club Salinas <ul><li>Salas Team </li></ul>
  5. 5. Salas Team <ul><li>MISSION </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bring awareness about drug use in Salinas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create solutions for reducing drug use </li></ul></ul><ul><li>COLLECTED: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>178 surveys 12 interviews 1 focus group </li></ul></ul><ul><li>WHAT WE ASKED </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Why are so many youth in Salinas using drugs? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What kind of drugs are youth using? why? </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. WHAT WE FOUND <ul><li>81% of Salinas youth & 93% of parents believe they are negatively affected by drugs </li></ul><ul><li>79% of youth said there are not enough resources in Salinas </li></ul><ul><li>69% of youth said it was easy to find drugs, while only 18% said it was easy to find jobs </li></ul>
  7. 7. What type of drugs are Salinas youth using?
  8. 8. Why are Salinas youth using drugs?
  9. 9. Gender Findings <ul><li>79% young men use drugs; 63% of young women use drugs </li></ul><ul><li>52% male parents have used drugs; 40% of female parents have used </li></ul>
  10. 10. What would help youth NOT use drugs? <ul><li>76% of youth said more jobs would reduce drug use </li></ul><ul><li>59% of youth said more free Young Adult/Teen Clubs would reduce drug use </li></ul>
  11. 11. Recommendations <ul><li>Youth led programs using art to help build leadership skills & decrease drug use </li></ul><ul><li>Youth jobs & internships </li></ul><ul><li>Resources & awareness classes to parents & youth in English & Spanish about drug use </li></ul>
  12. 12. Soledad Center for Employment Training <ul><li>Soledad P.E.A.C.E Project </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>MISSION </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To find out if a youth center in Soledad would reduce violence </li></ul></ul><ul><li>DATA COLLECTED: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>127 adults surveyed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>100 youth surveyed </li></ul></ul>P.E.A.C.E. Team
  14. 14. Findings <ul><li>Majority of youth & adults in Soledad want a Youth Center </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>90% of youth </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>99% of adults </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>A Youth Center in Soledad would help prevent youth violence </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>76% of youth agree </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>95% of adults agree </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Recommendations <ul><li>City of Soledad should open a Youth Center </li></ul><ul><li>Families should be involved in the Youth Center: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family Nights </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parenting Classes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Parents should be educated on Gang Violence </li></ul>
  16. 16. Boys & Girls Club Seaside <ul><li>New Side Generation </li></ul>
  17. 17. New Side Generation Project <ul><li>Mission: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase awareness of how youth in Monterey County are impacted by the economy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generate support for constructive solutions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>300 surveys, 100 photos, 3 interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Sample: youth, business owners, parents, teacher, etc. in Monterey county </li></ul>
  18. 18. Research Question <ul><li>How is the current economy impacting the youth in Monterey County? </li></ul><ul><li>How & why are youth in Monterey County participating or prevented from participating in the formal economy ? </li></ul><ul><li>How & why are youth participating in the underground economy? </li></ul>
  19. 19. Definitions <ul><li>Underground economy - illegal activities that generate profit - drug trafficking, firearms trade, sex trade, hustling, bootlegging dvd’s… </li></ul><ul><li>Formal economy - legal exchange of money, specifically jobs </li></ul>
  20. 20. Findings <ul><li>People in Monterey County are negatively affected by the current economy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Over half surveyed are saving less & spending less on things they need </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over half of employed people are seeking an additional or increased source of income </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Findings <ul><li>The economy impacts different racial groups in different ways </li></ul><ul><ul><li>African-Americans are 3 times more likely than Caucasians to have access to the underground economy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>62% of African-American respondents said it was ‘very easy’ to find illegal work, in comparison to 37% of Latinos & 23% of Caucasians </li></ul></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Findings <ul><ul><li>More African-Americans are un- or under-employed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>75% of African-American respondents said they were looking for additional employment, while only 58% of Caucasians & 52% of Latinos indicated the same </li></ul></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Findings <ul><li>It’s easier to make money in the underground economy than to get a legal job </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 80% of people surveyed know someone in the underground economy, which provides easy access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>74% of people said it was hard to find a legal job, while 58% said it was easy to find an illegal job </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Recommendations <ul><li>More jobs in Monterey County </li></ul><ul><li>Living wage jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Programs & incentives for hiring youth </li></ul>
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  26. 26. S.T.O.P. Salinas Teens Organizing for Peace <ul><li>MISSION </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage adults to take an active role by supporting youth in the fight against violence </li></ul></ul><ul><li>COLLECTED: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>210 youth surveys </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>23 interviews: youth, adults, community leaders </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. Research Questions <ul><li>Looking at violence caused by domestic violence, broken families, drug abuse & gang violence: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How have youth been affected by violence in their homes & community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What resources & opportunities can be offered to support youth who are dealing with violence </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. What Type of Individual Would You Characterize Yourself As N=210 (check all that apply)
  29. 29. What Type of Violence Have You Been Affected By? N=210 (check all that apply)
  30. 30. Was There Domestic Violence in Your Home As You Were Growing Up?
  31. 31. Do You Associate with Gangs?
  32. 32. Why Do You Think Youth Join Gangs? N=172
  33. 33. How Safe Do You Feel When Hearing About Gang Violence in Your Community?
  34. 34. Recommendations <ul><li>Create & Support: </li></ul><ul><li>Mentorship programs for youth </li></ul><ul><li>Counseling – health, drug abuse, gangs, domestic violence… </li></ul><ul><li>Affordable vocational education </li></ul><ul><li>Job opportunities & paid internships for teens </li></ul><ul><li>Youth-led program where youth can have a voice </li></ul>
  35. 35. SUMMARY
  36. 36. WHAT WE ALL RECOMMEND <ul><li>Job opportunities & paid internships for teens (including programs & incentives for hiring ) – include vocational training </li></ul><ul><li>Mentorship programs for youth </li></ul><ul><li>More youth-led programs where youth can have a voice (like this) </li></ul><ul><li>Counseling – health, drug abuse, gangs, domestic violence… </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Centers & activities for youth in their communities </li></ul><ul><li>Parents to have resources, involvement& classes about drug use, violence & other parenting issues </li></ul>
  37. 37. Thank You <ul><li>Do you have any questions? </li></ul>