LOOP Bus Workshop Scheduled in Porterville

Southeast Tulare County residents are urged to attend a workshop to learn about free transportation opportunities for youth in Tulare County.

The LOOP Bus Workshop is scheduled at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at the Porterville Public Library.

The LOOP bus is available at no cost to transport at-risk youth and connect them to activities that provide mentoring and gang prevention programs throughout Tulare County.

Task Force Meeting Scheduled for August 26, 2010

The Tulare County Gang Prevention Task Force is scheduled to meet from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, August 26. The meeting will be located at the Tulare County Administration Building, 2800 W. Burrel Ave. Visalia, CA 93291.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide updates on ongoing Step Up activities and more. Review draft agenda.

2011 Step Up Youth Activities Grant Applications Available

The Tulare County Youth Commission is accepting applications for the 2011 Step Up Youth Activities Grant Program. The grant program provides $100,000 in grants for 501 (c) 3 non-profit organizations that operate within Tulare County.

The Step Up Youth Activities Grant Program is designed to provide financial support for non-profit organizations that provide programs and services aimed at improving the quality of life for at-risk youth. Preference is given to programs working with youth that are in a gang or are exposed to the gang culture in an underserved area, new start up programs or programs that leverage other funds.

“While there are many non-profit organizations who implement worthy programs that serve our youth in Tulare County,” said Steve Worthley, Chairman of the Tulare County Board of Supervisors. “This grant program supports organizations who think outside of the box in addressing a major problem: gang influence among our youth.”

County Seeks to Fill Vacancy for Tulare County Youth Commission

Tulare County is seeking a District One resident to fill a vacancy on the Tulare County Youth Commission

The Youth Commission is an eleven member advisory panel of youth and education experts. The Youth Commission reviews and administers proposals for the Step Up Youth Activities Grant Program and the Step Up Service Learning Grant Program. The Youth Commission makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors regarding which organizations should receive funding and at what levels.

The District One position was vacated by Lindsay City Councilmember Pam Kimball last month. Kimball has served on the Youth Commission since it was created by the Tulare County Board of Supervisors in May 2008.

Service Learning Program Teaches Incoming Freshmen the Keys to High School Success

One-third of incoming Orosi High School students should have an easier transition than most this school year thanks to a pilot bridge/mentoring program provided by current students this summer.

Fifteen Orosi High School students spent part of the summer teaching 100 of the 289 incoming freshmen the keys to a successful freshmen year through a series of workshops and interactive activities called the “Cardinal Bridge Program.” The mentoring program was funded by a Step Up Service Learning Grant, a Tulare County Board of Supervisors-funded program that aims to support service-learning projects that address gang activity and youth at-risk of joining a gang.

Step Up Website Redesigned

July 9, 2010

The newly redesigned website for the Tulare County Gang Prevention Task Force, www.stepuptc.com, goes live today. Officials say the website’s new look is more user friendly, particularly for youth.

The stepuptc.com website aims to highlight all Step Up activities and documents sponsored and developed by the Tulare County Gang Prevention Task Force (TCGPTF) - a regional coalition made up of the general public, media, local businesses, faith-based organizations, non-profit organizations, community-based organizations, school districts, local government and law enforcement agencies formed in Spring 2007. The task force uses the “Step Up” logo to help promote its anti-gang activities.

Tulare Gang Awareness Forums A Success

More than 800 Tulare County residents attended the Tulare Gang Awareness Forums on April 15 and April 22.

Two Step Up Events in Tulare County This Week

Two unincorporated Tulare County communities will host Step Up anti-gang events this week.

The Second Annual Step Up Goshen & Unite Summit will be held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 13 at Goshen Elementary School, 6505 Ave. 308 in Visalia. The second event, the Traver Step Up Family Fun & Resource Fair, is scheduled from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 15 at Traver Elementary School, 36736 Canal Drive in Traver.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Steve Worthley, who represents Goshen and Traver, said the goal of both events is to inspire Tulare County families to live violence- and drug-free lifestyles, pursue educational achievement and connect to their community in a positive manner.

"Parents are the key to reaching out to youth," Chairman Worthley said. "If our Step Up effort helps strengthen parents’ relationships with their children, we've succeeded. One way we can help parents is by providing them with techniques that empower their families to live violence-free and drug-free."

Tulare Gang Awareness Forums
Tulare Gang Awareness Forums

More than 800 Tulare County residents attended the Tulare Gang Awareness Forums in April 2010.

2010 Service Learning Grant Projects Underway
2010 Service Learning Grant Projects Underway

A group of Green Acres Middle School students are learning the value of community service this summer.