Facts: Each year there are several hundred gang-related crimes in Monterey County. These crimes include homicide, felony assault, robbery, and other crimes. According to local law enforcement, in Monterey County there are over 60 active gangs with an estimated 5,000 individuals involved in various levels of gang activity. Of the 60 active gangs, 16 are located in Salinas with an estimated 2,500 members.
Violence is inherent in gang activity and men, women, and children of all ages are subject to attacks. Years ago gang members used chains, knives, and an occasional homemade “zip gun,” in their violent attacks. Now they use shotguns, automatic rifles, handguns, explosives, and Molotov Cocktails. Certain gang areas are frighteningly similar to war zones and there are many people who sleep on the floor taking cover for fear of getting shot.
La Cultura Cura Network (LCCN) is made up of members from the Tri County area of Santa Cruz County, San Benito County, and Monterey County. LCCN members are working as line staff, program directors, or within mid-level management positions from the fields of Public Health, Juvenile Justice, Mental Health, Higher Education, Social Services, and Advocacy. Furthermore requests from residents and partners have illuminated the need for a “Safe Space”. This project will add the merger and response to a full service community healing center that will utilize healing informed models of support, organize and hire local talent, and create job readiness internships for youth who participate in healing informed circles. More importantly, the LCCN or transformational healing approach will work to help residents improve their quality of life and overall health outcomes. LCCN will increase res
2nd Chance Family & Youth Services has spent the last 25 years of its existence dedicating its mission to providing the youth and families of Salinas the tools and opportunities necessary to transform their lives free of violence. Within the past 3 years, 2nd Chance has refocused their efforts by integrating the healing informed philosophy of La Cultura Cura established and modeled by the National Compadres Network and Jerry Tello. La Cultura Cura is a transformative health and healing philosophy that recognizes that within an individual, families, and communities, authentic cultural values, traditions, and indigenous practices; exist the path to healthy development, restoration, and lifelong well-being.
This health and wellbeing framework focuses building on the natural opportunity factors and what is healthy within an individual, family, community, or culture. This indigenous b