Gang Prevention Awareness Week (GPAW)

Started in 2008, The Santa Rosa Violence Prevention Partnership's annual week-long series of events showcases community efforts to reduce youth violence and raise community awareness. At each event staff is on hand to dialogue and engage around The Partnership's efforts to create a safer community, and what the community can do to help support the cause. All events are FREE of charge with the exception of the Seminar which requires a registration fee.

Our 8th Annual Gang Prevention Awareness Week this year starts September 16th and extends through September 24th. We invite you to join us at one (or more!) of our events - have fun, and find out more about The Partnership and the services available that are helping make our community a safer place to live and play. See the Save the Dates flyer below, and scroll down for more details on each of the events.

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2016 Events:

Art Exhibition & Car Show - Friday, September 16th, 6:00pm - 9:00pm at Daredevils & Queens Barber Shop

Co-Hosted with California Youth Outreach

Join us as we kick off Gang Prevention Awareness Week with a blessing from Aztec dancers, art exhibitions, music, food and a car show! Cruise from Roseland Village Shopping Center to Railroad Square begins at 5:30pm. For more information, contact Gustavo Mendoza or call (707) 478-3364.

Talent Show & Festival - Saturday, September 17th, 12:00pm - 4:00pm at Southwest Community Park

Co-Hosted with our Recreation & Parks Department

Come and celebrate our local talent…YOU! All ages are welcome for this family-friendly occasion. Enjoy the talent show, carnival games, three-legged racing, face-painting, music, free food/BBQ and informational booths. To enter the talent show, please contact Jeanne Pugh at or call her at (707) 543-4332.

Boxing Exhibition - Sunday, September 18th, 12:30pm - 2:30pm at Santa Rosa Plaza Mall.

Co-Hosted with The Salvation Army's Double Punches Boxing Club

Enjoy friendly, but spirited boxing match-ups and learn about the sport that is helping youth turn their lives around!

Gang Prevention Seminar - Wednesday, September 21st, 7:30am - 3:30pm at Finley Community Center

Co-Hosted with Santa Rosa Police Department
($25 REGISTRATION, check back soon for link to register)

 Come hear inspirational life-changing stories, learn about youth & gang violence prevention, and network with other professionals in our community!

Parents Gang Awareness Training - Thursday, September 22nd, 6:00pm - 8:30pm at RAMS Gym and Conference Room

Co-Hosted with Santa Rosa Police Department, Sonoma County District Attorney's Office, Child Parent Institute, Social Advocates for Youth, Community Action Partnership and Roseland School District

Check back again soon for details of this event.

Neighborhood Night Walk - Friday, September 23rd, 6:30pm - 9:00pm - Puerta Villa Apartments

West 9th community:  come out and get to know your neighbors over ice cream! Let's walk for the safety of our neighborhood! Contact us at (707) 543-3460 if you'd like to schedule a night walk in your own neighborhood.

South Park Summer Day & Night Festival - Saturday, September 24th, 2:00pm - 11:00pm at Martin Luther King Park

Co-Hosted with Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County

Join us at the park for dance and martial art demonstrations, fun games, sports activities, and a variety of community resources. Stay for a movie on the lawn!