National Impact Community: Sacramento, CA

The Center at Sierra Health Foundation


About the Applicant

Since its founding in 2012, the Center at Sierra Health Foundation has pursued health and racial equity in communities across California by addressing factors such as socio-economic conditions, education, employment, income, and individual behavior choices. The Center also advances policy and systems reform aligned with the developmental needs of young people.

About the Project

The Center at Sierra Health Foundation will operate an integrated model of youth violence prevention, intervention, and mentoring that will scale up three existing initiatives included in the MBK Sacramento Collaborative’s Guide to Action: the Positive Youth Justice Initiative, Black Child Legacy Campaign, and the MBK Youth Fellowship Program. The initiatives will provide mentoring and wraparound services to at­-risk boys and young men of color between the ages of 10-to-25 in seven neighborhoods. Services will be provided by MBK Collaborative sub­grantee partners and will use evidence-based intervention practices for boys and young men of color including mentoring, restorative justice, and trauma­-informed practices.

The interventions feature best practices, including Los Angeles’ Gang Reduction and Youth Development strategy, formally evaluated to show a promising reduction in violence. Another best practice, Advance Peace, helped lead to a 66 percent reduction in firearm assaults causing injury or death in Richmond, CA, between 2010 and 2017.

The combination of these program components will serve 255 youth between the ages of 10-25.

Key Implementation Partners

  • MBK Sacramento
  • Advance Peace
  • Black Child Legacy Campaign
  • Sacramento City Unified School District
  • Building Healthy Communities