This paper provides a model for viewing the work of comprehensive community initiatives, details the process and practice involved in mobilizing and engaging the community to address the issue of gangs, and outlines the evaluation framework used to measure the effectiveness and impact of a community-based and driven approach to prevent youth involvement in gangs. [...] The second factor was the action taken by the CEO of Native Counselling Services of Alberta (NCSA) to approach the Chief of Police of the EPS, and initiate discussions about the need for the community to be engaged in addressing the issue. [...] While a crisis can bring an issue to the attention of the community, it requires community champions, or “catalytic leaders.” Who: • “Focus attention on the issue to the public and policy agenda; • Engage people in the effort by concerning the diverse set of people, agencies and interests needed to address the issue; • Stimulate strategies and options for action; and • Sustain action and momentum [...] As the primary purpose of the forum was to begin the work of developing a broad-based community solution to gang violence, it focused on two specific outcomes: • Increasing collective understanding of the interconnected nature of the gang “problem” in the Greater Edmonton area; and • Developing a vision and strategies for a community-wide approach and plan to address the issue. [...] The first tasks of the Steering Committee and Project Manager were to re-engage the community and particularly the participants who attended the forum, reignite a sense of urgency around the issue, and instil a sense of hope that the effort and thought put forward was still valued and essential for addressing the issue of gang violence.
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