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20-plus Years Preventing Violence
Resources and Lessons Learned
The California Wellness Foundation first began investing in preventing violence in 1993, when California had the sad distinction of leading the nation in the number of young people who died from gun violence every year. Since then, Cal Wellness has invested more than $125 million in this effort and, with a combined momentum from colleagues in philanthropy, the public sector, the nonprofit sector and law enforcement, as well as residents throughout the state, a violence prevention movement has emerged. California has reduced the number of youth dying from gun violence by half. But, more needs to be done. Cal Wellness promotes safety and health across California, especially in underserved regions and communities of color disproportionately affected by violence. This collection of resources provides ideas, best practices and lessons learned about what works in violence prevention — for those who would like to be part of the solution.
- Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color
The Executives’ Alliance is a philanthropic network of nearly 40 national, regional and community foundations working together to invest in pathways to opportunities that enable America's young men of color to reach their full potential in school, work and life.
- In Aftermath of Missouri Protests, Skepticism About the Prospects for Change
The New York Times, August 26, 2014
- More Caring, Less Fear
Blog post by Robert K. Ross, M.D., president and CEO of The California Endowment, and Tonya Allen, president and CEO of the Skillman Foundation, Huffington Post, August 22, 2014.
- Unarmed and Black: Philanthropy’s Challenge to Address an Old, Sad Story
“ABFE Makes a Point Blog,” by Susan Taylor Batten, president and CEO of Association of Black Foundation Executives, August 15, 2014
- Ferguson, Watts and a Dream Deferred
New York Times, August 19, 2014
- The Bold Way One City is Trying to Stop Crime
MSNCBC, July 14, 2014
- Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces Los Angeles Recidivism Reduction Pilot Program
Highland Community News, May 8, 2014
- Study Finds Latinos Disproportionately Affected by Gun Violence
A report on firearm violence released by Violence Policy Center finds that the murder rate for Latinos is more than double the murder rate for whites. April 2014
- Models for Juvenile Justice Schools
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, April 28, 2014
- Former Inmate Speaks Out Against U.S. ‘Commitment’ to Mass Incarceration
PBS Newshour, April 2, 2014
- Project Targets Juvenile Justice Reforms
U-T San Diego, February 12, 2014
- The Gun Debate
This 2013 series of reports on PBS Newshour includes successful models used in the state of California. Grant funding was provided by The California Wellness Foundation.
- Grantee Magazine, Winter 2013 Violence Prevention Edition
- 2013 California Peace Prize Honorees
- Statement by Dr. Diana Bontá Regarding President Obama’s Executive Actions to Prevent Gun Violence
- Violence Prevention - A Long-Term Commitment To Keep Youth Safe
This cover story from the Foundation’s Grantee magazine provides an overview of Cal Wellness’ violence prevention work, which includes gun control, public education, community action and investing in grassroots leadership.
- Reflections on Leadership - The California Peace Prize
This document provides an overview of how investing in community peacemakers helps sustain grassroots prevention efforts over time. For information and video about the current California Peace Prize honorees visit our newsroom.
This online archive provides great examples of what works in public education regarding violence prevention issues such as gun control, investing in youth development, community-based action and more.
- Reporting on Violence: A Handbook for Journalists
Cal Wellness funded Berkeley Media Studies Group for this guide to reporting on violence with an eye for addressing root causes.
- Firearms Research: The Gun Fighter
Nature News April 24, 2013
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