Steps to success: Coordinated community programs in Montbello promote positive youth development

Steps to success: Coordinated community programs in Montbello promote positive youth development

"Lucero-Mills and her children are among the 3,061 youth and 137 adults served by Steps to Success in the past two years alone. The admittedly ambitious goal is to reduce youth violence and problem behaviors such as substance abuse and delinquency by 10 percent by 2016." 

Recognition for woman seeking positive change

Recognition for woman seeking positive change

"We want a ripple effect. I recognize you, it feels good, you think about it, you acknowledge somebody else," Brown said.

And so they began to make positive recognition more public. It's not just kids that will be recognized for good deeds moving forward, it's the adults, the role models. Role models like Dianne Cooks.

Reducing Youth Violence Through Strengthening Families (via 9News)

Reducing Youth Violence Through Strengthening Families (via 9News)

One resource in particular is very popular with Montbello families. That's "Strengthening Families," hosted by two churches in the neighborhood. It helps parents and kids ages 10 to 14 improve communication among themselves.

"People don't talk to their kids or listen to what their kids think. That causes all sorts of problems," said Montbello father Stanley Mills. "So they look to their peers, they look to drugs and alcohol...Instead of getting into arguments and power struggles, things like that, you can use some basic tools to explain yourself," he said.