Syracuse Save Our Youth

The City of Syracuse received a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to support the implementation of OJJDP’s comprehensive gang model, which includes five core strategies: social intervention; opportunities provision; community mobilization; suppression; and organizational change and development.  The Syracuse initiative, Save Our Youth, was launched in 2014 with: a multi-disciplinary intervention team to address the needs of high-risk, gang-involved youth; school, summer, and employment programs for gang-involved and other high-risk youth; a project director to mobilize community resources and facilitate organizational change as needed; and targeted suppression and social control.  As the research partner, Institute staff advised partners on the model, monitored implementation and impacts over the course of the two-year program period, and we conducted a process and outcome evaluation.

Supported by OJJDP [October, 2013 – September, 2017]

Publications, Reports and Presentations

Sarah J. McLean, Robert E. Worden, Kelly J. Becker and Andrew P. Wheeler, 2016. Syracuse Truce: Fourth Annual Assessment. Report to the Syracuse Police Department. Albany, NY: John F. Finn Institute for Public Safety.

Sarah J. McLean, Robert E. Worden, and Kelly J. Becker, 2018. Implementation and Impacts of the Comprehensive Gang Model: An Evaluation of Syracuse Save Our Youth.