Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $1,000,000)
The City and County of San Francisco will use BJA’s STOP funds to improve San Francisco Unified School District’s school climate by providing students and teachers with the tools they need to recognize, respond quickly to, and help prevent acts of violence and support the infrastructure and expansion of the current pilot San Francisco School Crisis Support Coordination Project (SCSCP). The greatest proportion of funds will be used to increase support for school sites by hiring more staff to expand the current violence interruption team to improve regular coordination and communication with schools, including youth and site leaders, extend supports to families involved in incidents, targeted programming and one-on-one support for high-risk youth, and use knowledge of neighborhood ties and family connections to prevent incidents before they happen. Funds will be used within the four STOP program areas: (2) Develop and implement multidisciplinary intervention teams, (3) Train school personnel and educate students on preventing school violence (4) Specialized training for probation officers who work in schools and/or with school-age populations, (5) Hiring of school support personnel, school violence interrupters, who directly supporting the prevention of school violence. STOP funds will support the expansion of San Francisco’s multidisciplinary partnership, the School Crisis Support Coordination (SCSC) team which diffuses and prevents escalation of violent incidents at public school campuses through a streamlined San Francisco team consisting of the Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families, the San Francisco Unified School District, the Street Violence Intervention Program, Juvenile Probation Department, the National Institute of Criminal Justice Reform, and community-based nonprofit organizations Street Violence Intervention Program, Young Community Developers and Samoan Community Development Center. The goal of the SCSCP is to intervene and prevent the escalation of violent incidents and increase coordinating supports and services on school campuses. Grant award funds would be used to expand prevention/intervention activities at current pilot sites and add support for three additional school sites. The Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families oversees backbone coordination for these partners and a small portion of this grant would also fund eligible coordination activities.