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* Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Announce Grant to Reduce Gang Violence

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Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced a $382,639 grant to fund a pilot program aimed at reducing gang violence, increasing high school graduation rates and training new teachers and social workers in the city. “Too many of our young people are dying as a result of gang violence,” Dellums said in a statement. He said a collaborative effort among different groups “will allow us to wrap our arms around youth at two of our high schools with after-school jobs and career pathways.” The grant is from the California Gang Reductions, Intervention and Prevention Initiative. It will fund the High School Career Pathway and Community Collaborative, which includes Laney College, the Oakland Unified School District, the Hewlett Packard Foundation, Leadership Excellence, Libre, All  City Council, California School Age Consortium and Youth Together. Schwarzenegger said in a statement, “The goal of these grants is to provide more resources to assist our local partners’ efforts in reducing gang violence and making our communities safer places to work and live.” He said, “Oakland is showing they are committed to this goal and taking a great step today by providing tools for their local youth to stay on the right track and become successful members of their community. I look forward to seeing the great successes from this pilot project.” Paul Seave, director of the Governor’s Office of Gang and Youth Violence Policy, said, “This project has the refreshingly high but reasonable expectation that gang-involved youth have what it takes to complete high school and college and embark on a teaching or social service career, if there is effective support.”

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