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Community leaders, educators, teens converge to talk solutions to youth violence

Posted: Friday, Aug 16th, 2013

Kevin Grant, a violence prevention coordinator with Oakland Unite Street Outreach, and Vernon Williams, CEO and founder of the Williams Group Youth Leadership and Empowerment Program, speak Friday at “Turning the Curve on Youth Violence.” (Photo by Jessica M. Pasko/For the Register-Pajaronian)

SANTA CRUZ — The former state secretary of education believes one of the number one problems facing our youth is a lack of emphasis on preschool, and that early education could go great lengths toward preventing many of our societal problems.

“It’s really time for us to have a conversation about how really and truly budgets are a statement of values,” Delaine Eastin told educators, law enforcement and others at the Cocoanut Grove Friday. “First and foremost, if we really want to help the poorest children — the most at need — we would invest in early education.”

Eastin was a keynote speaker at “Turning the Curve on Youth Violence: Acting on What Works,” a conference hosted by the Criminal Justice Council of Santa Cruz County. The conference, the first hosted by the council, brought together crime prevention experts, educators, law enforcement, counselors and youth to discuss ways of preventing crime and providing youth with the resources needed to succeed.

The conference also was live-streamed and recorded for Watsonville Police Chief Manny Solano, the chairman of the Criminal Justice Council, who was supposed to help lead it. Solano announced earlier this week he is battling cancer and will be taking a leave from the police department.

For the complete article see the 08-17-2013 issue.

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