learn / 2015

Abuse ≠Love: LA Youth Against Violence Initiative

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by Jenesse Center, Inc.

The Consolidated Youth Project (CYP) was created to reduce the impact of violence on youth in South Los Angeles through the creation of a Coordinated Community Response Network (CCRN) that provides comprehensive prevention, intervention, and a training service model to address the needs of youth exposed to domestic violence, teen dating violence, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, gang violence and bullying.


In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • South LA
  • County of Los Angeles
  • City of Los Angeles
  • LAUSD
  • Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy and David Starr Jordan Educational Complex

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Expand a pilot or a program
  • Mobilize for systems change
  • Advocate with policymakers and leaders
  • Implement and track policy

How will your proposal improve the following “Learn” metrics?

  • Youth unemployment and underemployment
  • District-wide graduation rates
  • HS student proficiency in English & Language Arts and Math
  • Academic Performance Index* scores
  • College matriculation rates
  • Suspension and expulsion rates (Dream Metric)
  • Truancy rates in elementary and middle schools (Dream Metric)
  • Students perceived sense of safety at and on the way to school (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to learn.

Jenesse Center will make LA the best place to learn through our targeted violence prevention model that has the potential to change the life trajectory of at-risk youth in Los Angeles County by: 1) Increasing students’ understanding of the dynamics and warning signs of abuse through culturally responsive workshops and trainings; 2) Increasing youth engagement in violence prevention programming; 3) Making it safer to access their school campuses; 4) Decreasing prevalence of teen dating and community violence among youth; 5) Improving community engagement and accountability; and 6) Creating a peer leadership training module that can be replicated in other schools and youth programs.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

Jenesse Center’s structured evaluation system consists of a paper-and-pencil pre-learning survey composed of a hybrid of standardized instruments that utilizes the original lines of questioning developed by CCRN to ascertain youths’ perceptions about violence, bullying, dating/partner violence, and violence in the home before participating in the violence prevention education workshops. To date, approximately 641 Los Angeles area youth have completed the survey. Following the workshops, Jenesse distributes a post-learning survey that captures youths’ perceptions of violence and measures their developing understanding of the material. This evaluation system provides accurate statistical evidence and data that our program is achieving desired outcomes in equipping youth with the knowledge, skills, and awareness to address violence in their everyday lives.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money (financial capital)
  • Volunteers/staff (human capital)
  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)
  • Education/training
  • Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support