Youth Violence

The Mayor in Our Midsts

ASR has been pleased to be joined by the Mayor for the summer. Alvaro Zamora is a recently graduated student of Pajaro Valley High School who will be attending Brown University in the Fall and is just ending his year long term as the Mayor of the Watsonville Youth City Council, and a summer working as an intern for ASR. Sworn in by retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in the fall of 2012, the Youth City Council is made up of 11 high school students throughout Watsonville who then selected Alvaro to be the mayor. As part of their duties, the council selected 3 issues to focus on, education, youth-oriented business, and public safety. It is the focus on public safety that will have particular relevance in the upcoming Youth Violence Summit.

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Turning the Curve on Youth Violence in Santa Cruz County

ASR staff was proud to participate in “Turning the Curve on Youth Violence”, a conference of the Santa Cruz County Criminal Justice Council on August 16th about best practices in preventing youth violence. Abbie Stevens, the Director of Assessment and Evaluation at ASR, gave background on the work of the Youth Violence Prevention Task Force. Alvaro Zamora, an intern at Applied Survey Research who also happens to be the Mayor of the Watsonville Youth City Council, presented data from 1,136 youth surveys conducted in Watsonville and 850 surveys in Santa Cruz.

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