SAN LEANDRO -- The San Leandro Police Department and the REACH Ashland Youth Center have been awarded a $500,000 two-year gang intervention grant.
The police department and youth center will use the California Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention grant to fund a REACH Out initiative. REACH Out has a goal of providing prevention and early intervention services for 2,000 local youth and intensive intervention for 150. The program also plans to reach 400 parents through education outreach, with 100 parents each year receiving follow-up services such as home visits and additional counseling.
Local school districts, other government agencies and nonprofit groups also will be involved in implementing REACH OUT.
San Leandro was one of 20 cities receiving a total of $9.2 million in CalGRIP grants for 2014-15. The CalGRIP initiative is designed to address problems associated with gangs. San Leandro was the only city in Alameda and Contra Costa counties to receive a CalGRIP grant this go-round, though Hayward was awarded one for 2013-14.