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Weed & Seed - Silver Spring, MD (August 17, 2010)

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  • 1. Montgomery County Government’s Northwest Park Oakview Weed & Seed (NPOWS) 2009 CCDO Juvenile Crime Prevention Cross-Sites Webinar The Weed & Seed Silver Spring Juvenile Justice Initiative August 17, 2010 Jennifer Gauthier, Executive Director Lead for Life, Committee Chair Maura Lynch, Assistant State’s Attorney, Montgomery County, Steering Committee Chair Victor Salazar, Site Director, Northwest Park Oakview Weed & Seed
  • 2. The Weed & Seed Silver Spring Juvenile Justice Initiative Northwest Park Oakview Weed & Seed Site Background
    • Montgomery County Government serves as the grantee. Weed & Seed is administered through the Silver Spring Regional Center
    • The Northwest Park Oakview Weed & Seed implemented its strategy in the fall of 2006
    • The site serves approximately 10,000 Montgomery County residents spread throughout 2 residential neighborhoods and 4 apartment complexes
  • 3. The Weed & Seed Silver Spring Juvenile Justice Initiative Northwest Park Oakview Weed & Seed Site Background
    • Included within the approved site program plan is the supervision of offenders
    • Site Safe Havens include a YMCA Community Center based in a local apartment complex; St. Camillus Church; Good Shepherd United Methodist Church; Broad Acres Linkages Site; Broad Acres Elementary School Parent Outreach Program; and Roscoe Nix Elementary School Parent Outreach.
  • 4. The Weed & Seed Silver Spring Juvenile Justice Initiative DOJ Juvenile Justice TA 2009
    • In April of 2009 NPOWS identified an interest among its partners to develop and implement a juvenile reentry initiative
    • Challenges and obstacles at the time of application revolved around Dept. of Juvenile Services reorganization focusing on “Highly Violent Offenders” leaving many youth un-served
    • The Weed & Seed catchment area is located in an area with Montgomery County’s highest gang activity.
    • An application was submitted to DOJ in May 2009 requesting support to develop an initiative.
  • 5. The Weed & Seed Silver Spring Juvenile Justice Initiative TA Application Highlights
    • The vision for a juvenile reentry program is “A coordinated, organized re-entry program for juveniles returning to the community from secured confinement.”
    • The plan would entail strategies linked to a continuum of programs and services based on the individual needs of each youth
    • Interventions will be individually tailored to juveniles along a multi-track system
  • 6. The Weed & Seed Silver Spring Juvenile Justice Initiative TA Application Highlights
    • The ultimate goals would be to:
    • * change the risky behaviors of youth
    • * prevent youth from further engagement with gangs; and ultimately to safely leave gangs altogether.
    • * reduce rate of recidivism among Silver Spring youth returning from secured confinement
  • 7. The Weed & Seed Silver Spring Juvenile Justice Initiative Timeline to Implementation
    • In June 2009 the Department of Justice awards a Technical Assistance Grant to Northwest Park Oakview Weed & Seed
    • Summer of 2009 DOJ assigns TA support from:
    • *Wayne Rawlins, Independent Consultant
    • *Joanne Davidson from The Center for Community Safety at Winston-Salem State University
    • December of 2009 NPOWS and its partners convene initial meeting with consultants
  • 8. The Weed & Seed Silver Spring Juvenile Justice Initiative Timeline to Implementation
    • Spring and Summer of 2010 NPOWS partners identify organizations able to provide intensive community based support to youth returning to Silver Spring communities from secured confinement.
    • July 2010 the Silver Spring Juvenile Justice Initiative solidifies its structure and begins to deliberate on individual cases presented by Community Prosecutors from the State’s Attorney’s Office of Montgomery County. First set of youth are referred to community based programs
  • 9. The Weed & Seed Silver Spring Juvenile Justice Initiative Partnering and Supporting Organizations
    • Montgomery County Government and the Silver Spring Regional Center
    • Lead4Life
    • State’s Attorney’s Office of Montgomery County
    • The Department of Health & Human Services - Street Outreach Network
    • The Mental Health Association
      • Voices versus Violence
    • The Montgomery County Federation for Families
    • Montgomery County Collaboration Council
    • Montgomery County Police 3rd District
    • The Maryland International Corridor CSAFE
    • YMCA/Youth & Family Services
    • The Ghandi Brigade
    • The Maryland Multi-Cultural Youth Centers
    • Identity, Inc. and the Crossroads Youth Opportunity Center
    • Montgomery County Public Schools
    • Safe & Drug Free Schools
    • The Center for Community Safety at Winston Salem State University
    • The Office of Councilmember Marc Elrich
    • Wayne Rawlins a consultant with the Department of Justice
    • Pride Youth Services
    • Department of Juvenile Services