Violence Prevention (VP) Education Programs

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Serving: All Orange County residents and students

Facility: County Contracted--Orange County Department of Education 

Region: Countywide

Program Administration Address: 200 Kalmus Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Phone: (714) 327-1058 

Web Address: 

Program Description: The Orange County Department of Education provides Violence Prevention (VP) Education in schools across Orange County with collaboration among community resources and partners. Violence Prevention training and services are intended to reduce school failure and violence in schools, neighborhoods and families. VP programs offer the following:

Gang Prevention: provides training, resources to increase student pro-social behaviors and ultimately reduce gang related criminal behavior and serves as a liaison service between Orange County school districts, law enforcement, probation, local gang task forces, the District Attorney, parents, students, and community agencies.

Hate Crimes, Dating Violence, Child Abduction and Conflict Resolutions: provides training and technical assistance through expert professional developers and trainers for schools across Orange County and the community. For example, the radKIDS provides safety education curriculum to empower children while providing skills to protect themselves in a variety of situations.

Safe From The Start: provides essential knowledge specific to the brain development of young children. This sub-component disseminates scientific research based on how exposure to violence, whether through direct physical impact or witnessing violence, can impact the neurological development of young children. Such exposure can negatively compromise learning and normal cognitive development, as well as social and emotional development.

School and Law Enforcement Partnership: provides Bullying Prevention and Crisis Response Network services which are available for public, private and charter schools. The Bullying Prevention training is to assist school personnel and parents on threat assessment for bullying and cyber bulling. The Crisis Response Network is a resource to the schools and community on situations that may be a threat and/or a crisis to a student and other students that may have been affected by the threat or crisis.

Eligibility: All schools and community partners in Orange County 

Language(s): English in all programs. Spanish and Vietnamese are offered in some programs.

Hours of Operation: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday - Friday

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