Presentation Title

Risk and Resilience: Overcoming Neighborhood Disadvantage

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Molly George

Start Date

23-11-2019 8:00 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 8:45 AM

Location

43

Session

poster 1

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

We will share highlights finding from a large-scale, longitudinal research study. The goal of Project Safe Passage is to measure the efficacy of on-going community policing and educational interventions with at-risk children in Thousand Oaks. They live in neighborhoods of concentrated disadvantage, receiving the highest calls for police service in the city and have historically been the home to two rival gangs. In addition, the residents are primarily low income, have low levels of formal education, and have limited English proficiency. Our focus here will be on survey data collected from parents living in the two target micro-communities, as well as analysis of educational data to compare Safe Passage homework club participants with their local peers. Preliminary findings suggest that due to the community policing and on-site tutoring, families in these communities feel an increase sense of safety as well as trust in police. Additionally, the educational data shows that participation in Safe Passage programming correlates with improvement in standardized test scores and attendance rates. Such results are promising, as they suggest that the right interventions can improve the quality of life for all families in a community, deter youth from offending, and change the trajectory of a young person’s life.

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Nov 23rd, 8:00 AM Nov 23rd, 8:45 AM

Risk and Resilience: Overcoming Neighborhood Disadvantage

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We will share highlights finding from a large-scale, longitudinal research study. The goal of Project Safe Passage is to measure the efficacy of on-going community policing and educational interventions with at-risk children in Thousand Oaks. They live in neighborhoods of concentrated disadvantage, receiving the highest calls for police service in the city and have historically been the home to two rival gangs. In addition, the residents are primarily low income, have low levels of formal education, and have limited English proficiency. Our focus here will be on survey data collected from parents living in the two target micro-communities, as well as analysis of educational data to compare Safe Passage homework club participants with their local peers. Preliminary findings suggest that due to the community policing and on-site tutoring, families in these communities feel an increase sense of safety as well as trust in police. Additionally, the educational data shows that participation in Safe Passage programming correlates with improvement in standardized test scores and attendance rates. Such results are promising, as they suggest that the right interventions can improve the quality of life for all families in a community, deter youth from offending, and change the trajectory of a young person’s life.