June 2011

Media Contact: Rochelle Rose (805) 962-5152 x227 or Cami Waller (805) 741-9349
June, 2011

Youth Gang Prevention Workshop Hosted by Peoples' Self-Help Housing
in Santa Maria on June 15

Sgt. Dan Cohen, leader of the GangTask Force in the Santa Maria Police Department, will speak at a Youth GangPrevention Workshop on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at Los Adobes de Maria 2 housing complex, 1148 West Boone Street in Santa Maria. Refreshments will be served.

The public is invited to attend this free session hosted by the Youth Education Enhancement Program (YEEP) of People’s Self-Help Housing. Sgt. Cohen and two fellow officers will speak to parentsabout how to recognize at-risk behaviors and share the indications and warning signs of gang involvement. The goal of the presentation is to increase community awareness and aid parents in keeping their children away from gangs.
This workshop is funded in part by a Community Development Block Grant, City of Santa Maria.

The Youth Education Enhancement Program (YEEP) offers after-school education programs for K-6th grade students.YEEP strives to improve grades, sharpen study skills, promote high school graduation and continued education, and foster parent participation in their children’s academic life. The program is designed to enhance the child’s learning experience with art, music, and cultural activities, in addition to workshops with guest speakers.

Since 1970, Peoples’ Self-Help Housing has developed 1,150 self-help home ownership residences and now manages over 1,350 affordable rental units in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. For 40 years, the non-profit organization has not only developed affordable housing in over 30 cities and communities but has alsoprovided community facilities, supportive housing programs, financial education, and youth after-school education for its residents. These programs lead to greater self-sufficiency for the low-income households, seniors, formerly homeless, and special needs households that Peoples’ serves.

For more information on Peoples’ Self-Help Housing or the June 15 Gang Prevention Workshop call Youth Education Manager Rochelle Rose at (805) 962-5152 x227 or Santa Maria Lead Educator Cami Waller at (805) 741-9349.