Making Connections to Address the Impact of Gang Culture and Gang Violence on Mental Health and Community Well-Being

Upcoming Network Meeting:

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 10am-Noon (Register)
The California Endowment, 2nd Floor, Suite A
1000 N. Alameda St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

Previous Network Meetings & Convenings
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 (View Meeting Notes)
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 (View Meeting Notes)
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 (View Meeting Notes)
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 (View Symposium Summary Report)
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Wednesday, September 21, 2016(View Summit Summary)
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Background

MakingConnectionsExposure to gang culture and gang violence (GCGV), particularly greater exposure to violence and trauma, complicates adolescent and adult development among young men and boys of color aged 12-25. Relative to white boys and men in the state, Californian YMBOC aged 12-25 are more likely to have PTSD, lack access to health care, be exposed to many forms of violence, be arrested or in custody as a juvenile, be in institutional settings or under state or court-ordered care as an adult, live in unhealthy physical environments, have an incarcerated parent or relative or experience a firearm-related/homicide-related death. These conditions, coupled with over-exposure to GCGV, may significantly impact the mental health of YMBOC aged 12-25.

Overview of the Making Connections for Mental Well-being Initiative (1 page)

Overview of the Making Connections for Mental Well-being Initiative (4 pages)

 

Network Goal

The primary goal of this network is to address the mental health impact of GCGV and unhealthy physical environments community mental health and well-being especially its impact on young men, women, girls and boys of color aged 12-25 in South Los Angeles and the surrounding south LA County communities of Hawthorne, Lawndale, Lennox, Inglewood, Gardena, Watts and Compton.

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Key Objectives

(1) Discuss how gang culture and gang violence impacts the mental health and well-being of the community including young men and boys of color (YMBOC);
(2) Foster a shared understanding of and develop a commitment to address the impact of gang culture and gang violence on the mental health and well-being;
(3) Identify ways of helping YMBOC avoid negative socialization patterns and negotiate narrow definitions of masculinity;
(4) Discuss community-level and organization-level strategies that can address the mental health impact of over-exposure to gang culture and gang violence;
(5) Discuss community-level and organization-level strategies that:

  • Incorporate an understanding of the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences;
  • Utilize, Positive Behavior Intervention Support and Trauma-Informed Approaches, and
  • Increase the number of YMBOC who are engaged and retained in school, youth services and after-school programs.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact:
Randal Henry, DrPH, MPH
Founder and Chief Intelligence Officer, Community Intelligence LLC
Project Leader, Making Connections Project
makingconnections@vpcgla.org

 

A Prevention Institute initiative, Making Connections for Mental Wellbeing is supported by cornerstone funding from the Movember Foundation. For more information: www.preventioninstitute.org/press/highlights/1188-making-connections.html