SANTA CRUZ COUNTY RANKS HIGH AMONG CA COUNTIES, BUT POOR CONCENTRATED IN SOUTH
A recent analysis done by our Healthy City researchers finds that Santa Cruz County does well in ratings for Financial, Health, Safety and Education needs. But where you live within the county has an impact on your socio-economic status and your quality of life, with people in the south – Watsonville – hardest hit.
Working with a diverse coalition of funders, community-based organizations and government agencies, Healthy City created the Community Data Mapping Project, which allows community leaders to access a comprehensive countywide data pool online and view a detailed analysis of community needs.
Not much time? Check out our informative two-page summary
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The 1992 Civil Unrest in Los Angeles inspired the creation of Advancement Project. Since then we have been working hard to make sure that the conditions on the ground in distressed neighborhoods are transformed. Our goal is to maintain past victories and continue advocating for structural reform to assure that such a calamity can never happen again.
See our analysis of L.A.'s past, present and future in a collection of news coverage about the anniversary
REDUCE VIOLENCE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD - OUR FRAMEWORK CAN HELP
The Comprehensive Violence Reduction Strategy (CVRS): A Framework for Implementing the CVRS in your Neighborhood describes our unique violence reduction strategy and offers concrete tools to plan and build an effective public-private stakeholder network that can collectively design a neighborhood driven action plan to reduce violence.
The Framework details four modules that can be implemented in sequence with some overlap, or selected independently depending upon the groundwork already completed:
Conduct a community assets and needs assessment,
Build a collaborative of the necessary people and organizations,
Develop a plan of action with aligned goals, and
Implement a sustainable action plan.
Each year in early spring, the Educational Equity team at Advancement Project organizes a two-day conference that attracts nearly 500 early education advocates, teachers, administrators and policymakers.
The goal of the Water Cooler conference is to ensure that advocates are sharing ideas and strategies to mobilize in support of a cohesive strategy for California’s youngest and most vulnerable children. First 5 California is our partner in hosting the conference.
See the jam-packed agenda and first-rate speakers
Check out the action at the conference through photos
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Susan Lee, our Director of Urban Peace for seven years, is moving to Austin, Texas with her family. But this is not a loss for Advancement Project. Susan will continue to head up the Urban Peace team while exploring opportunities to bring our comprehensive violence reduction strategy to communities hard-hit by gang violence in Texas and throughout the nation.
While we will miss seeing Susan every day we are excited for her family and for the opportunities this opens up for our work and national profile.
Read Susan's biography
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