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Safe and healthy youth connected to their families, schools, communities, and their futures.


We exist to ensure safe and healthy opportunities for San José’s youth, free of gangs and crime, to realize their hopes and dreams, and become successful and productive in their homes, schools, and neighborhoods.

Safe School Campus Initiative (408) 794-1630

Safe School Campus Initiative is a partnership between the City, school districts, Police Department, and County Probation. These agencies form the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT),and work collaboratively to create safer schools and communities by ensuring that youth related violence is addressed in a proactive and timely manner. The MDT readily has access to prevention and intervention services from community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and the City’ programs.

General Services Provided:

  • Conduct citywide gang mediation and intervention with street gangs to reduce gang violence, and refer gang impacted individuals to intervention programs
  • Identify and outreach to youth involved in gangs
  • Identify and work with gang leadership to reduce gang recruitment
  • Provide a positive alternative to the gang lifestyle and culture through citywide multilingual mobile street outreach to youth
  • Gang presentations (increase awareness to schools and surrounding community)
  • Assist with public events
  • Crisis intervention
  • Mediation between rival gang members
  • Home visits
  • Late gym for youth at-risk and gang involved youth in designated areas

Female Intervention Team (408) 794-1630

This program provides services to high-risk, gang-impacted and gang-intentional females ages 11-24, who have been adjudicated; are currently located in Juvenile Hall; attend Alternative Schools; and/or, have been referred to the Female Intervention Unit to participate in programs and services. The team provides specialized services to youth in areas of delinquency prevention, gang intervention and diversion utilizing Female Specific Trauma Informed Education Curriculum.

Clean Slate Free Tattoo Removal Program (408) 794-1630

The City of San José Clean Slate Tattoo Removal Program serves former gang involved and at-risk youth who have found visible tattoos to be a barrier in furthering themselves through education and/or employment. We also assist youth with educational opportunities, job development skills, counseling resources and information regarding how to utilize community resources.


  • Must be a San José resident
  • Must be between the ages of 14 and 25
  • Must live a gang free lifestyle
  • Tattoos must be on hands, wrists, neck, or face 


  • Must be working or going to school and/or must enroll in a job readiness or vocational program
  • Must commit to program by attending weekly life skill group workshops for 8 weeks
  • Must complete 30 hours of community service
  • Participants will receive 1st removal treatment appointment at program orientation.
  • Workshops and community service may be waived for individuals enrolled and supported by a similar community program

Hospital Intervention Program (408) 794-1630

The City of San José created the Hospital Intervention Program in partnership with the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center to reach victims of gang violence within 48 hours of admission to the hospital in order to connect them with critical services that can help break the cycle of violence.

San Jose Digital Arts (408) 794-1630

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Late Night Gym

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San Jose Works

The program brings together community based organizations, businesses, non-profits, and City Departments and has provided job opportunities to over 1,200 youth. San Jose Works allows youth to gain work experience, succeed and deter involvement in gangs and crime throughout San José.  In partnership with the City of San José, the work2future Foundation works collaboratively with the goal of increasing youth employment and expand access to job training citywide.  Youth enrolled in the program receive work readiness training, financial services, access to job fairs, job leads and work experience opportunities.

Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force: B.E.S.T.

The purpose of the B.E.S.T. grant program is to develop and implement programs that address the needs of high-risk and gang-involved youth and their families; and to provide a coordinated continuum of prevention, intervention, and suppression services.

 Evaluation Report and Summary of Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force

 Resources & Work Plans

Report Gang Activity


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The Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force (MGPTF) is made up of a Policy Team and a Technical Team. The Policy Team, chaired by the mayor, provides direction, and focus to the City's gang prevention and intervention efforts. The task force is comprised of the city, county, and state; community based organizations; the San José Police Department; faith community; schools; and other community stakeholders. By bringing together these partners, the task force has been able to leverage a variety of available ”pro-social” community resources to combat the anti-social influences that youth receive from gangs.

Youth Intervention Services / Mayors Gang Prevention Task Force main number: 408-794-1630
To report gang activity please follow the link.