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.

Mid-Year Update

Since partnering with the MBK Alliance, the Center at Sierra Health Foundation has deepened relationships with area schools, provided learning opportunities for organization leaders, and launched a three-part learning series.

While The Center expanded its Healing the Hood/One Hood, One Brotherhood programs to additional school districts in Sacramento County and shared learning opportunities with educators through MBK University, it also invested in the continued education of the organization’s own staff. Community intervention workers, incubator leaders, and staff had the opportunity to attend the Gang Prevention and Intervention Conference in Long Beach in May, where they learned more about violence prevention and intervention.

The Center’s staff also started working on designing a case management database to track families and youth served through the Healing the Hood/One Hood, One Brotherhood violence prevention initiative. This database will help staff more effectively case manage young people and collect, track, and analyze data on critical community violence events.

And in May, the Center kicked off a three-part trauma and healing Learning Series. The first session focused on understanding the impact racism has on overall well-being—and how to promote healing-centered approaches within the healthcare setting. Two more convenings will take place this year with topics shaped through input by young men of color.

Key Implementation Partners

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