The Tulare County Step Up Advisory Committee implemented a series of educational gang summits to raise awareness about the plague of gangs in Tulare County’s incorporated and unincorporated communities.
The Advisory Committee held three Step Up Gang Summits within five months of launching its initiative in December 2007. More than 1,500 people attended the kick-off summit and extensive local and regional press coverage helped spread awareness of the Step Up Initiative over a four county area: Fresno, Kings, Madera and Tulare.
Since the first summit, many communities throughout Tulare County requested a Step Up event. Forty-seven local summits have been held in cities and communities in all parts of the county. Working with partners, communities, stakeholders, youth and parents, Step Up seeks to address issues that affect all youth, with summits comprised of speakers and breakout sessions aimed at educating attendees. Local community organizations provide information to families at a resource fair and free food is provided. Awareness summits coordinated by the Task Force are:
• Gang Awareness Forum, December 2007 – 1,500 attendees
• Youth Summit, November 2008 – 950 students and 125 adult leaders
• Youth Summit, March 2010 – 800 students and 100 adult leaders
• Step Up “Take Charge” Concert, May 2008 – 800 attendees
• Community Summits held between 2007-2016 in Alpaugh, Alta Vista, Cutler-Orosi(4), Dinuba, Earlimart, Exeter(2), Farmersville, Goshen (8), Ivanhoe(8), Pixley, Poplar, Porterville (14), Strathmore (2), Terra Bella, Traver (2), Tulare (3), Tule Tribe, Woodlake (4), and Woodville.