The Santa Cruz County Community Coalition to Overcome (SCCCCOR) seeks to address structural racism as a root cause of racial disproportionality and disparity within public institutions in Santa Cruz County, in order that all people will receive equal treatment, including vulnerable children. Rather than providing temporary corrective solutions through direct services, we work towards systemic transformation so that those children who are vulnerable will not face racism in their lives and thereby have few obstacles to successful lives. SCCCCOR’s work encompasses 3 sectors: immigration, education and law enforcement. SCCCCOR has developed Action Groups to organize and build coalitions in each of these areas.
SCCCCOR’s Law Enforcement Education Action Group is a coalition which includes representatives from community groups, families, individuals, and experts in the field through out Santa Cruz County and beyond The Action Group is working to develop a collaborative effort to create a more equitable and just juvenile justice and education system by dealing with racial and ethnic disparities.
The Education Action Group plans on helping to accomplish SCCCCOR’s vision by addressing and researching the disparities between youth of color and white youth in matters of high school graduation and dropout rates, as well as school disciplinary policies.
- System mapping, data collection & analysis, planning & accountability
- forming relationships with community stakeholders, institutions, families and youth
- taping into the knowledge of experts in Juvenile Justice Reform, for example, the W. Haywood Burns Institute & the Annie E. Casey Foundation
- educating and engaging the community on local issues impacting our youth, that act as barriers to successful healthy development
- Participating in local collaborative efforts: BASTA (Broad-based Apprehension, Suppression, Treatment, Alternatives), Youth Violence Prevention Taskforce, Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Commission, and more
2013 Priority Issues
- direct files
- school disciplinary policies
- gang policies
- participation in collaborative tables addressing issues impacting youth
- Community Education & Engagement Nights: ‘History of Juvenile Justice Reform’ & ‘Trying Youth as Adults’
SCCCCOR’s Law Enforcement Education Action Group (LEEAG) cares deeply about addressing disparities in our community, and there is still much work to do to ensure racial justice, public safety, and a voice in the creation of public policy and programs for Santa Cruz County youth and families. The Action Group is committed to working collaboratively with juvenile justice and education system stakeholders. In order to better function as a coalition, it is essential for us to create an environment of transparency, trust, and collaborative decision-making.
If you’re interested in being added to the contact lists of any of these action groups, email email@example.com with your name, email, and phone number. You will get information about upcoming meetings, events, and organizing opportunities.