Safe Neighborhoods

The Safe Neighborhoods Network seeks to help youth make safe, positive choices in life, such as staying in school, staying out of gangs, not committing crimes, avoiding bullying and violent behaviors, and being safe and smart on the internet. Our goal is to support the development of well-adjusted children who, in turn, become well-adjusted adults.
                                                                                               
In 2014, the Safe Neighborhoods Network took the lead in implementing the Restoring The Village Youth Initiative, an anti-violence strategy for reaching St. Lucie County youth who are involved in, or at risk of becoming involved in, street violence. Safe Neighborhoods and its community mobilization subcommittee, the Lincoln Park Advisory Committee (LPAC),conducted a community wide assessment of gangs and street violence in Fort Pierce, and implemented a comprehensive strategy for intervention, prevention and suppression of gang activity. 
 

Restoring the Village Youth Initiative

In August 2014, the Safe Neighborhood Network was tasked by the Roundtable to take the lead in implementing the Restoring the Village Youth Initiative (RTVYI), an anti-violence strategy for reaching St. Lucie County youth who are involved in, or at risk of becoming involved in, street violence. The Youth Initiative is based on the federal comprehensive gang model developed by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and supported by the National Gang Center. The national model is a multi-strategy, multidisciplinary approach to youth violence that has proven to be effective in reducing gang activity.  RTVYI CLIENT REFERRAL FORM
 
Safe Neighborhoods and its community mobilization sub-committee, the Lincoln Park Advisory Committee (LPAC), are continuing the community wide assessment on gangs and street violence in Fort Pierce. Trainings, surveys, forums, focus groups, and individual interviews were conducted to collect data required for completion of the 2016 Comprehensive Gang Assessment Report.