Supporting youth in achieving their goals
Gangs are not just a big city problem. School districts in King County report escalating problems with gangs and associated violence, drugs, and crime. It’s a threat to everyone who lives in those communities – and it’s a tragic waste of potential for the youth caught up in a world where their futures and lives are at risk. As the future leaders of our society, these youth deserve every opportunity to succeed.
The Center for Children & Youth Justice recognized the challenges of gang activity and created the Suburban King County Coordinating Council on Gangs (SKCCCG) in 2011. SKCCCG is the first multi-jurisdictional effort in the nation to use a proven model to address gang-involvement in a large region. Because no community is equipped to effectively reduce gang and youth violence alone, CCYJ brought together schools, law enforcement, policymakers, social service providers and other organizations to develop a coordinated and innovative approach to prevent violence, save lives and change the future for our communities.
Since its inception in 2011, the SKCCCG:
Conducted intensive research to better understand the scope of gang issues and fuel innovative ideas to address them
Developed uniform data collection tools to measure success
Established partnerships across King County to more efficiently share resources
Strengthened ongoing collaboration among agencies
Launched Youth LINC, a team of providers offering coordinated services to gang-involved and at-risk youth and families