#GunCrisis Solution of the Day: Leadership, common goals and tracking progress

A recent California state study suggests that ninth-graders in Santa Cruz County feel safer in school, are less likely to have been suspended and are less likely to be involved in gangs than a few years ago, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel, but their rates are still higher than state averages.

Costanoa High School student Jose Xilonzochilt tells his inspiring story of getting out of a life of crime, drugs and gangs and how he changed the course of his future at the youth violence summit gets under way Wednesday. (Shmuel Thaler/Sentinel)

So, the Santa Cruz County Criminal Justice Council called a meeting last week which included more than 150 police, youths and leaders from schools, government and nonprofits.

The Sentinel report says that “the goal was to connect leaders working toward a common goal of reducing youth violence, and pick some indicators to track progress in coming years.”

The California Department of Education has been tracking violence and other health risks in recent years with California Healthy Kids Survey.

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