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  • The Center for Community Safety (CCS) at Winston-Salem State University was established in 2001 as a public service, training and research center with a mission to engage communities in the strategic utilization of research to shape action and enhance response to community safety issues. The CCS developed its 'Training & Technical Assistance Program' based on more than 10 years of practical field experience and expertise in working on data-based violence-reduction strategies and partnerships.
  • Faculty Researcher on Staff Research conducted by local universities Research conducted by students Violence Reduction Reentry Domestic Violence Community Safety Initiatives Weed & Seed, Project Safety Neighborhoods, Reentry Initiatives, Domestic Violence Community Revitalization Efforts (COPC) Empowering faith- and community-based organizations (Operation Strengthen)
  • SARA, SACSI, PSN, DMI, Smart Policing
  • Community Climate
  • NOW The Summer Teaching Enrichment Program--(STEP) Eight (8) weeks during summer 2010 for 3 designated neighborhoods) FUTURE The Winston-Salem Youth Development Program Year Round Program in up to 12 designated neighborhoods
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  • 2011 BJA PSN Anti-Gang Training Arlington, TX U sing Data to Build Community Buy-in and Support for Prevention Programs Alvin Atkinson, Executive Director The Center for Community Safety
  • 2011 PSN Anti Gang Training Arlington TX
    • Session Overview
    • Purpose
    • Introduction to the CCS
    • Prevention U.
    • The CCS Strategy
    • The Strategy in Practice
    • Seven Key Lessons
  • Session Objective To increase the knowledge and practice of gang prevention program providers and partners to use a data driven strategies and evidenced –based programming to gain community support and additional resources for their programs.
    • About The Center for Community Safety (CCS)
      • Established in 2001 as a public service, research and training center of WSSU;
      • Involves action research to shape policy and action around significant community safety issues as prioritized by community partnerships;
      • Promotes the use of data to develop and sustain police and community partnerships to create safer, more stable communities;
      • Provides training and technical assistance to build community capacity to reduce crime and develop and sustain stable neighborhoods.
  • A National Training and Technical Assistance Provider for Project Safe Neighborhoods Sites and Weed and Seed Sites
  • The CCS Although our work is about measuring results, providing useful data and improving performance, our ultimate goal is improving lives. We believe this goal can only be achieved through a powerful combination of dispassionate analysis and passionate commitment to community-based problem solving efforts.
  • 2011 PSN Anti Gang Training Arlington TX Practitioner Experience New Knowledge and Data Academic Inquiry
    • Partners use data to guide decision-making
    • Ongoing feedback informs programs and new research
    Applied and Community-Based Action Research
  • Prevention U. Discussion of Gang Prevention Programs used by participants and how and why these programs were selected.
    • Part One- The CCS Model in Pract ice
          • Prevention Practitioners and Stakeholders
          • + Research/Data
          • = New Knowledge to Inform and shape
          • program design and implementation
    2011 PSN Anti Gang Training Arlington TX
    • The Predicament
      • High suspension and drop out rates
      • High rates of poverty
      • High concentrations of single mothers heads of households
      • Little coordination between existing prevention programs and marginal evaluations of outcomes
      • Decreasing funding support for prevention and intervention programs
      • Political climate
    2011 PSN Anti Gang Training Arlington TX
    • The Premise
    • Efforts to build effective preventive programs, particularly for those youth who are most difficult to reach through traditional agencies, remain a challenge. Community experience has shown that smaller, faith-based or grassroots organizations may be better able to connect with these youth.
    2011 PSN Anti Gang Training Arlington TX
    • The Principle
    • To strengthen protective factors and reduce risk factors that contribute to youth not fulfilling their potential.
      • Individual
      • Family
      • School
      • Community
    2011 PSN Anti Gang Training Arlington TX
    • The Plan
    • To implement a prevention program that focused on where need is
    • greatest
    • The Path
    • To engage faith-based and community organizations to collaborate on
    • a supporting program for youth from neighborhoods that have endured
    • decades of high crime, neglect and poverty.
    • The Potential
    • To sustain and replicate this program and in other targeted
    • neighborhoods.
    2011 PSN Anti Gang Training Arlington TX
  • 2011 PSN Anti Gang Training Arlington TX PYD Focus Area: 12 Census Block Groups Area: 5.59 square miles (1.4% of Forsyth County Population: 17,016 (4.9% of Forsyth County) Median Age: 32.9 years Households: 6,290 (4.4% of Forsyth County) Average Household Size: 2.76 (2.39 for Forsyth County) 7890 males, 9126 females African-American Population: 13,004 (76.4% of core area)
  • 2011 PSN Anti Gang Training Arlington TX Data Results Average Theme Metric and Explanation Demonstration Area Core Area County or City Education Education Attainment – Age 25+ who DO NOT have a high school degree. Taken from census block groups of demonstration area, core area and entire Forsyth County. 30.3% 34.2% 16.4% Income Median Household Income – Taken from census block groups of demonstration area, core area and entire Forsyth County. $19,630 $24,704 $56,375 Income Poverty – Percentage of people receiving public assistance as per Census data. Taken from census block groups of demonstration area, core area and entire Forsyth County. 11.0% 8.1% 3.3% Family Status Percentage of households which are headed by females. Taken from census block groups of demonstration area, core area and entire Forsyth County. 39.0% 22.9% 8.6% Housing Status Rentership – Percentage of people who rent their homes. Taken from census block groups of demonstration area, core area and entire Forsyth County. 62.5% 60.6% 32.0% Race Percent African-American by Census Block Group. Taken from census block groups of demonstration area, core area and entire Forsyth County. 94.0% 78.0% 28.5% Crime Crime Rate by Census Block Group. Part I (Serious) offenses per 1,000 population from 12 census block groups of demonstration, core area and city of Winston-Salem. 122.8 141.7 For city of Winston-Salem 80.4 Gang Crime Gang Crime Rate by Census Block Group. Gang offenses are per 1,000 population from census block groups of demonstration, core area and city of Winston-Salem. 4.8 6.7 For city of Winston-Salem 4.0 Re-Entry Number of NCDOT re-entrants per 1,000 population by Census Block Group. 19.2 23.2 9.0
  • 2011 PSN Anti Gang Training Arlington TX Other Data Theme Metric and Explanation Core Area Other Area Education Dropout rate for schools whose district boundary is within the core area. These high schools are Atkins, Carver and Reynolds High Schools. Middle schools in this area include Hanes, Mineral Springs, Atkins, East Forsyth, Walkertown and Paisley Middle Schools. 217 total dropouts, representing 27.6% of dropouts in Forsyth County (total population is 4.9% of Forsyth County, but some may not live within core area) 787 total dropouts in Forsyth County for 2008 – 2009 school year. Family Status Teen Pregnancy data provided by the State Center for Health Statistics. Measured in pregnancies per 1,000 people age 15 to 19. Forsyth County Total Rate: 67.2 White Rate: 55.6 Minority Rate: 81.5 North Carolina Total Rate: 58.6 White Rate: 47.8 Minority Rate: 77.7
  • 2011 PSN Anti Gang Training Arlington TX
  • 2011 PSN Anti Gang Training Arlington TX
  • 2011 PSN Anti Gang Training Arlington TX
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  • 2011 PSN Anti Gang Training Arlington TX Positive Youth Directions Design Target Population Middle and High School youth and families living in Rolling Hills, Cleveland Avenue or Piedmont Circle communities (Minimum-50; Maximum-100) Anticipated Outcomes Improved academic engagement and performance Development of pro-social skills and abilities Engaged parents/family Improved self-esteem. Stronger community connectivity
    • Part Two – The CCS Model in Practice
    • Research/evaluation of program implementation
    • + practitioners’ experience
    • = better program results and new issues to address
    2011 PSN Anti Gang Training Arlington TX
    • A ssessment/evaluation of PYD Summer program will be used to obtain additional funding support and to replicate in remaining target areas.
    2011 PSN Anti Gang Training Arlington TX
    • Seven Lessons To Share
    • Strategic engagement of partners
    • Consistent and frequent communication between partners
    • Adopt proven (research supported) programs
    • Include sustainability plan in program design
    • Include assessment and evaluation in program design
    • Support key faith and community partners involvement
    • To the greatest extent possible let data drive decisions.
    2011 PSN Anti Gang Training Arlington TX
  • U sing Data to Build Community Buy-in and Support for Prevention Programs Contact Information: www.centerforcommunitysafety.org ccs.wssu.edu 336-779-321 Alvin Atkinson, Executive Director The Center for Community Safety