COMMUNITY ADVOCATES CALL ON THE CITY OF SANTA ANA TO PRIORITIZE INVESTMENT FOR HEALTHY YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

 

Contact:

Carlos Perea, carlos@resilienceoc.org

 

COMMUNITY ADVOCATES CALL ON THE CITY OF SANTA ANA TO PRIORITIZE INVESTMENT FOR HEALTHY YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

 

Santa Ana, CA – Today, Resilience OC, youth leaders and community members will hold a rally and press conference outside of Santa Ana City Council Chambers to speak against the city’s current overspending on arresting youth and the lack of positive youth development programs. A recent independent analysis on the city’s budget by the Advancement Project found that the city spends $143 per youth on positive youth development while at the same time spending $12,722 each time they arrest a young person.

 

This is a direct neglect of Santa Ana’s youth and their future, it shows that the city prefers to spend money on suppression to arrest young people than invest in their well-being. The city must prioritize creating new opportunities for its young people and support them to be successful.

 

Community support for efforts to invest in youth is growing in Santa Ana. Just last Saturday, hundreds of community members came out to the Schools Not Prisons Arts And Music Festival, which brought together artists such as Common, Aloe Blacc and Maya Jupiter. The eventcalled for less spending on punishment and more investment in what really keeps communities safe: education, health and support for young people. The event was organized by Resilience OC, Project Kinship, Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities, The California Endowment and The Schools Not Prisons Tour.

 

What: Rally and Press Conference For Investment In Youth

 

Where: Outside Santa Ana City Council Chambers

              22 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, CA 92701

 

When: Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Time: 5:00pm

 

About Resilience Orange County

The mission of Resilience Orange County is to promote resilient youth leaders that engage in the critical work of building youth-oriented institutions in Orange County that advocate for social-systemic change, healing and that embrace trauma-informed, culturally relevant practices that are inclusive of all members of the community.

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Resilience Orange County is an organization that was created in 2016 out of the merging of two established organizations RAIZ (Resistencia Autonomia Igualdad y lideraZgo) and Santa Ana Boys and Men of Color.