Outcomes / Evaluations
In an effort to intervene early and at the most susceptible stages in a child’s life, Safe Passages has developed strategies that span the age continuum of children and youth:
Early Childhood Initiative – Promotes collaboration between multiple public systems and non-profit providers to create a citywide safety net for children, from birth through age five, who are exposed to violence. Services include Baby Learning Playgroups and workshops, case management and mental health services.
- University of California San Francisco researchers found that children participating in the programs demonstrated reduced anger and aggression; children’s pro-social behavior improved significantly.
- Over 3,000 children were being taught the early childhood social skills curriculum at 57 public childcare sites.
- Nearly 2,000 children and families have received mental health services and/or participated in workshops.
School Linked Services – Aims to integrate education and social services at school sites in order to make school communities catalysts for social change within the larger neighborhood context. Through multiple funding streams including The Atlantic Philanthropies Elev8 initiative, the collaborative has effectively integrated services on school campuses. School staff members are poised to work closely with the family, therapists, case managers, and other providers to develop a coordinated plan for students in need. As an effect of this strategy:
- Participating schools in Oakland have experienced a 72% decrease in suspensions due to violence.
- Students receive on site mental health services valued at over $10 million per year from the County in Medical funds.
- Oakland Elev8 produced five full service community schools equipped with new school based health centers, family resource centers and additional academic supports for high need students – over a $40 million investment.
Juvenile Justice Initiative – Brings juvenile courts, school districts, police departments, probation officers, and service providers together to reduce disproportionate minority contact with law enforcement, and lower recidivism among juvenile offenders. Programs developed and later institutionalized by the collaborative resulted in:
- Alternatives to incarceration mentoring programs that served repeat offender youth at a cost of approximately $5,000 per person per year (compared to more than $50,000 annually to incarcerate one youth)
- Recidivism reduction of nearly half during a 18 month follow up period, and
- 26% drop in school absence rates and a 71% drop in suspensions
- Cross agency data sharing that allowed analysis of data to identify intersections between youth offenders and high school drop outs and to develop cross jurisdictional strategies to improve school retention.
Career Development – Work closely with public and private entities to develop new job opportunities for over 100 youth during and after school hours, and in the summer time. Students are provided opportunities to learn about diverse career tracks including careers in teaching, law enforcement, legal services, and in the health profession.