Youth programs and services have proven to improve academic performance and school attendance, reduce youth violence amongst at-risk children and youths, reduce juvenile delinquency, positive change in attitude towards school, improved self-esteem, and improved peer and family relationships. Targeted youth age range from elementary to high school (8-18), and younger adults (19-24). Referrals for programs are made from schools, law enforcement, churches, community agencies and self referrals. Services include:
- Student Support Groups
- Academic Assistance
- After-School Program
- Group Mentoring
- Violence Prevention and Intervention
- Job Skills Training/Resume Building
- Street Outreach
"City Impact has been an organization that embraces inclusivity and that’s the vision of the Ventura Unified School District. We have appreciated that City Impact has been able to work with us to ensure that when City impact is on our campuses they share the same goals and vision that we do and that is to be of service to our children.”
Dr. Trudy Arriaga, Former Superintendent, Ventura Unified School District
VIOLENCE PREVENTION & INTERVENTION
City Impact collaborates with Ventura County Sheriff's Office and local agencies/organizations to work with gang involved youth who need one-on-one intervention to help navigate through the complex process of goal setting, becoming employable, gaining work experience, and obtaining a job. Case Managers (CM) work with youth/young adults (15-24) involved in or at-risk of gang involvement. Individualized service plans are goal-orientated and focus on education, employability and resources needed to overcome barriers. CM’s provide the continuity of services needed for individuals to be successful. Counseling services are also offered in this program for youth and family members.
City Impact provides violence education and intervention services for gang involved and gang affiliated youth. The Street Impact Team provides alternatives to negative street activity by diverting individuals into pro-social activities and providing violence education and intervention services. The goal is to reduce violence indirectly, by providing youth with viable and concrete alternatives to a negative lifestyle.
“I’ve been associated with City Impact since I came to this city as a new Chief in 2011…and I can truly say we have been a great community partner in a partnering relationship in dealing with youth and gang activity in our city.”
Jeri Williams, Former Police Chief, Oxnard Police Department
STUDENT SUPPORT GROUPS
Student Support Groups are conducted on school campuses (elementary to high school). Small groups focus on topics such as anger management, positive problem solving, and conflict resolution for peers or family. Groups are offered in English or Spanish and referrals are made through school personnel.
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
Our After School Program provides educational and enrichment activities at the Recreation Center in Cabrillo Village in Ventura. Our staff assist children and youth with homework assistance, and the opportunity to relax and play in a safe and supervised environment. Physical activity and purposeful play are incorporated into all planned activities (hiking, bowling, swimming, etc.).