Oakland agency gets $500,000 grant to help prevent youth violence

Cecily Burt (Oakland Tribune) | April 01, 2011

OAKLAND — The Oakland Private Industry Council, or PIC, has won a substantial state grant to continue its counseling, job training and intervention work with youths at risk of joining gangs and those who seek to leave the gang life behind.

PIC was among 10 organizations who shared $5 million in grants awarded by the Employment and Development Department in conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Gang and Youth Violence Policy. The California Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention Initiative, or CalGRIP, targets at-risk youths and expands education, job training and other programs that will help them become self-sufficient and less likely to fall prey to gangs and crime.

Gay Plair Cobb, the organization’s chief executive officer, said the $499,945 grant will allow the group and its partner agencies to continue the training, mentoring, job placement and other services to youths and young adults in Richmond, Berkeley and West Oakland under the I-80 Corridor Project, and to expand it to include the Fruitvale district.

PIC’s partner agencies are Scotlan Youth and Family Center in West Oakland, Berkeley Youth Alternatives, city of Richmond/Richmond Works, and the newly added Spanish Speaking Citizens Foundation.

The addition of the Spanish Speaking Citizens Foundation, and the opportunity to reach out to more at-risk youths in the Fruitvale district is coincidental to the city attorney’s efforts to impose a gang injunction in the area but timely nonetheless, Cobb said.

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