“Preventing Bullying and Reconnecting Our Youth”
The City of Antioch is a community at an important cross-road. Demographic changes and a continued economic crisis create a difficult environment that tears at the community fabric. The situation generates an on-going dialogue on the future of this city. While these discussions cover a variety of topics, there is agreement that the most pressing concerns community youth. From those discussions, the Youth Intervention Network took shape.
YIN is more than a program; it is a community initiative that cuts across existing programs and traditional geographic lines to engage youth and their families by addressing the critical risk indicators of truancy and student disengagement. Both city and county government, non-profit, faith and private sector programs come together with a host of volunteers to form a comprehensive and strategic engagement network for youth that is cost effective and non-duplicative. With sufficient community support, this model is both scalable and replicable.