Yakima Co. Awarded Gang Resistance & Intervention Grant
The Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice has awarded Yakima County Juvenile Department a $105,000 eleven month Gang Resistance and Intervention grant. Yakima County was one of two counties in the State of Washington to receive funding.
The funding came from an allocation in the Washington State budget of $250,000 for 2012.
This is the second grant award to the Yakima County Juvenile Department by the Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice this year. The Juvenile Department received $69,369 in April of this year to begin the Gang Resistance and Intervention Project (GRIP).
GRIP was developed as one of the main initiatives of the Yakima County Gang Commission. It is a partnership between the cities of Yakima, Toppenish, Sunnyside and Yakima County. It provides funding for the development of Community Resource Centers in the three cities and a gang intervention specialist to work with the cities and the Yakima County Juvenile Gang Court. The grant funding will provide resources to do community planning and creation of youth development centers in the three cities.