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California Violence Intervention and Prevention (CalVip) Grant Program

Providing evidence-based violence reduction initiatives


The California Violence Intervention and Prevention (Cal VIP) provides funding for cities and community-based organizations with the goal of reducing violence in the city and adjacent areas. CalVIP grants funds are used to support, expand and replicate evidence-based violence reduction initiatives, including but not limited to:

  •        Hospital-based violence intervention programs,

  •        Evidence-based street outreach programs, and

  •        Focused deterrence strategies.


The AFL initiatives seek to interrupt cycles of violence and retaliation in order to reduce the incidence of homicides, shootings, and aggravated assaults and are primarily focused on providing violence intervention services to a small segment of the population that is identified as having the highest risk of perpetrating or being victimized by violence in the near future.


Athletes for Life fills in the gap by offering supportive, culturally relevant programs that lead to employment and healthy lifestyles under limited adult parent supervision. Our Cal VIP services include the following:

•  Team-based Mentoring to address family, individual, and societal factors that perpetuate violence.

•  Positive Youth Development - NCTI Crossroads and Adult NCTI Crossroads Curricula; to address behavioral changes and individual factors that perpetuate violence and highlight Firearm Violence Prevention, Community Violence).

•  Mental Wellness (addressing family/individual factors that perpetuate violence supported by Trauma informed cognitive behavioral Therapy, 12-Step Facilitation Therapy, Mental Wellness Counseling, and Treatment).

•  Job Skills and Training/Placement (addressing community and individual and societal factors that perpetuate violence inclusive of Compton School District’s and Compton Community College’s Regional Occupation and Career Tech Education.

Athletes for Life has teamed with Compton Unified School District to provide these services to all African American and Latino men ages 16 to 34 at no cost to the individuals. For more information about the CalVIP, visit California Violence Intervention and Prevention (CalVIP) Program – BSCC. For more information about the Compton CalVIP program or call 888-675-8884.

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