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YMCA – Parenting, Mentoring, Substance Abuse and Youth Violence Prevention

The San Diego YMCA Youth and Family Services, in partnership with the San Diego Coalition to Prevent Youth Violence, was awarded a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to serve youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The funds were used to (1) raise community awareness about the impact of youth violence on the community and resources available for preventing youth violence; (2) increase collaboration between existing agencies to better prevent youth violence and increase youth development; and (3) augment the Parenting, Mentoring, and Substance Abuse program by providing youth violence prevention curriculum to juveniles on probation.

For the evaluation component, SANDAG staff collected information related to new offenses and completion of the program for each participant. In addition, participants completed pre- and post-tests to assess individuals’ changes in knowledge and behavior pertaining to violence. The youths’ parents/guardians were also involved in the program by participating in a ten-week parenting class. Parents completed a pre- and post-test and client satisfaction questionnaire.

In addition, SANDAG distributed a collaborative questionnaire to the San Diego Coalition to Prevent Youth Violence to assess changes in multi-agency collaboration in preventing youth violence. This questionnaire was administered twice during the two-year grant period.

This project began December 2004 and was funded through April 2006.

Project Manager

Darlanne Hoctor Mulmat, Senior Research Analyst
Phone: (619) 699-7326, Email:

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