Communities in Schools
- Field of Interest:
- Gang Prevention & Intervention
Established in 1994, Communities in Schools aims to reduce violence, prevent school dropouts, and promote the development of at-risk children and young adults. Founder William ‘Blinky’ Rodriguez negotiated a peace treaty signed by more than 75 valley gangs. Programs include violence prevention, gang intervention, case management, community empowerment, educational services, job development, parenting skills and mental health.
The Female Empowerment Program provides gang-oriented/affiliated teenage girls with case management and mentoring to promote their self-discovery and to empower and redirect them toward safe alternatives.