Steps to Success is led by community members.
Our Methods & Impact
- We intervene early to prevent problem behavior.
- We address social/emotional development, family cohesiveness and school success.
- We improve positive recognition of young people.
- We improve Montbello's livability.
Steps to Success is working to reduce youth violence by at least 10% by 2016 in Montbello and is community-driven. Our Montbello Community Board makes the decisions. Steps to Success uses the evidence-based Communities That Care model to build consensus amongst community members and our program aligns with Mayor Hancock's Cradle to Career priorities.
CU Boulder's Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence oversees the Steps to Success project. The project is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is one of six National Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention.
What We've Achieved Ongoing Activities
- Created a governance structure to oversee, support and sustain Steps to Success.
- Surveyed nearly 3,000 young people and over 400 parents in schools and the community (very high response rates). We likely have the best community level data in the state!
- Used this data to prioritize the top risk and protective factors that the community wants to address.
- Developed a Community Action Plan using evidence-based programs to address the community's top risk and protective factors.
- Published a 2014 Progress Report.
- Support a series of community events and activities in Montbello.
- Community Action Plan is being implemented.
- Steps to Success Positive Recognition Campaign and Steps to Success Positive Recognition Awards Nights.
- Participating in the international documentary project "One Day On Earth."
- Successful implementation of five evidence-based programs in Montbello.
- Use Sustainability Plan to guide our work and ensure that Steps to Success will stay in Montbello.