Training on the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Comprehensive Gang Model will be offered by the National Gang Center (NGC) on June 13–15, 2017, in Denver, Colorado. The training is free; however, all other costs will be the responsibility of the participants (e.g., travel, meals, lodging, and transportation).
Who Should Attend?
NGC highly recommends that communities interested in implementing the Model assemble a team of participants to attend this training. Teams of no more than six members are optimal.
Space is limited, and registration will close as soon as the training is full. Selection for participation will be based on a demonstration of the following criteria:
- A gang problem exists in your community, and political leadership acknowledges the existence of the problem.
- There exists a readiness to collaborate, plan, and implement the Model (e.g., provide information about the status of your community coalition, your multiagency task force, or another decision-making committee that is addressing the community gang issue).
- Attending team members should represent agencies and organizations from juvenile and/or adult probation and parole; schools; law enforcement; social services; public health; and those involved in the gang assessment process, project coordination, and street outreach responsibilities.
- Team members should have authority (or designated authority) to formulate strategies, allocate resources, monitor progress, and commit agency data for assessment.
What Will the Training Cover?
This Model provides a framework for coordinated action that improves a community’s capacity to respond to gangs, whether emerging or entrenched. Teams will learn how to conduct a thorough gang assessment, organize the structure of the Model, build on community partnerships, and develop a plan utilizing the Model’s five core strategies. Teams also will learn how to coordinate programs and staff functions to effectively utilize available resources, implement formal and informal social control strategies, and develop a street outreach component.
Representatives from the NGC, as well as representatives from sites that have implemented or are currently implementing the Model, will provide the instruction/facilitation. The format will include general sessions, individual team roundtable discussions, and practical exercises.
How to Register:
Submit a request to attend this training, including a description of your community’s gang problem and a description of your proposed team, based on the above criteria. Email this and all other questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Representatives from the NGC will respond to your request on a timely basis. Please express your interest through email contact no later than May 19, 2017.
The training is free; however, all other costs will be the responsibility of the participants (e.g., travel, meals, lodging, and transportation).