As part of ongoing efforts in the city of Salinas to address violence in the community, Second Chance Family and Youth Services was awarded a $500,000 Project Safe Neighborhoods grant from the US Department of Justice, one of 13 cities across the country and the only one from California to receive such funds. In a multifaceted strategy that involves everyone in the community, "violence interrupters" will work with individuals including gang members and families to prevent retaliation and mediate quarrels between groups before they escalate. Second Chance's community outreach includes counseling, drug education programs, parenting workshops and other assistance in service to at-risk youth.
Photographed and recorded by Jay Dunn.
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