Youth Violence Prevention Council
The Youth Violence Prevention Council of Shasta County (YVPC) is
a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation whose mission is to prevent youth violence and promote a safe and healthy community.
Our Youth Violence Prevention Council Executive Board is comprised of top-flight leaders from a broad cross-section of the
business, law enforcement, government, faith, and education sectors of Shasta County.
of gang and youth violence rose to national prominence in the 1980’s and found its way to Redding in the late 1980’s
and early 1990’s. According to the Redding Police Department, Redding had 20 violent youth gang-related felonies
in 1994. This spurred a county-wide effort to rid our communities of youth gangs. Lead by aggressive law enforcement,
cooperation from the schools and community-based organizations and agencies, Redding and Shasta County were able to gain the
In response to the youth gang issues in our county, the Youth Violence Prevention Council was created
in 1996 and became an integral part of the effort to rid our communities of youth gangs. The thrust of the Youth Violence
Prevention Council involves the coordination of primary education on youth issues and youth advocacy, all aimed at keeping
our county youth gang free and safe for all citizens, young and older alike.
Programs offered through the Youth Violence
A National Gang Youth Survey identified that only
49% of areas with a gang problem had activated a “formal multi-agency collaborative effort”. Redding and
Shasta County are indeed fortunate that top community leaders recognized the problem early, organized, and have maintained
the Youth Violence Prevention Council over the past many years.
With increased youth gang-related problems in counties
to our immediate south, it is important that the citizens of Shasta County stay vigilant in our efforts to keep youth gangs
out of Shasta County. The fact that our county has had very few gang related felonies in the past 10+ years is due in
large part to a coordinated partnership between law enforcement, schools, agencies, and organizations such as the Youth Violence