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Tariq Khamisa Foundation

San Diego, CA based non-profit

TKF was formed after a 20 year old college student was killed by a 14 year old gang member. He became the first child in California under the age of 16 to be convicted as an adult. Their families came together to established TKF.

17 years experience in violence prevention programming

Serviced over 500,000 students since 1995

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Tariq Khamisa Foundation

Violence as victim, witness or perpetrator places all children at-risk and can have long term impacts.

At TKF, we believe violence is a learned behavior.

Mentors are a means to support youth in breaking their cycles of violence.

We believe every child, in spite of their behaviors or situations, deserves to be treated well and have the opportunity for a healthy life, free of violence.

TKF teaches children to be peacemakers.

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The Need For Violence Prevention Focused Mentoring

60% of America’s children are exposed to violence

Students ages 12 to 18 were victims of 1.5 million crimes while at school

One in five kids is a bully

Every day in our country over 18,500 children are suspended from school for acts of misconduct

Its estimated less 10% of students are generally responsible for 80% of a school’s safety concerns

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Safe School Model





    • Class Curriculum
    • Violence Impact Assemblies
  • Safety Assessment
  • Youth Service Projects
  • Summer Youth Camps
  • Referral Assistance
  • Mentoring
  • Skill Development Workshops

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Mentoring Intervention

Established in 2008 as a CA initiative pilot project to provide individually focused attention for youth impacted by violence and gangs

Designed as a school-based program

Utilize stipend AmeriCorps mentors placed in teams at partnering schools

Full-time mentors manage caseloads of 15 to 18 mentees

Youth receive multiple weekly contacts at school, home and in the community.

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Mentoring Intervention

TKF averages 90 hours of mentoring per youth annually

Develop individual service plans that include both one-on-one attention and group participation

Can address school difficulties immediately

TKF Mentoring Curriculum to assist with relationship development, discussing violence and future directions

Include recreational, community service and summer programming

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Mentoring Intervention

  • Mentors receive over 100 hours of training
  • Multiple opportunities for supervision, case processing and coaching each month
  • TKF developed an internet based documentation system for data collection, service monitoring and reporting
  • Our cost per mentored youth is $1,600

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TKF Mentors

      • Willing to commit to a year of mentoring
      • Able to mentor a higher risk youth
      • Pass all background check requirements (5)
      • Can independently manage caseload
      • Can professionally interact with schools and various community organizations
      • Demonstrate good judgment skills
      • Can be timely with data collection tasks
      • Four Stage Selection Process

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Target Population

  • TKF mentors middle school students ages 10 to 15
  • Focus on youth who are truant, in detention, suspended, fighting, using drugs, disrupting classes, getting arrested, threatening others, hurting themselves, running away, experiencing family violence or gang involved.
  • Youth are referred by school staff, parents, CBOs and peers
  • All participating youth must have a history of school misconduct (referrals, suspensions, expulsions or truancy)

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Target Population

      • 97% are minorities
      • 93% qualify for free or reduced lunch
      • 83% have history of suspensions
      • 83% are experiencing academic difficulties
      • 60% have a history of violent behaviors
      • 55% reside in single parent household
      • 51% experienced significant trauma or loss
      • 30% have an incarcerated family member
      • 16% have been arrested
      • 12% gang involved

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Our Partnership

School Districts

Common place for connecting with children

School-based mentoring is growing and proving to be effective

TKF has historically partnered with over 30 school districts during the last 17 years to conduct its services

Can be relationships with multiple layers and agendas

Formal agreements including data sharing

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Our Partnership

Corporation for National & Community Service - AmeriCorps

National service program

Emphasis on supporting economically disadvantaged and at risk youth

TKF grant recipient since 2008

Resource for leveraging funding

Build capacity to recruit quality mentors

Supports mentor with stipends and education awards

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TKF Mentoring Results

      • Since 2008, TKF has enrolled over 2,500 high-risk youth
      • Placed mentors at 17 local Middle Schools
      • Annually conduct 45,000 mentoring contacts
      • Youth receive 8 to 10 hours of mentoring monthly over an 8 to 11 month service period
      • Participating schools are reporting declines in school infractions resulting in safer campuses

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TKF Mentoring Results

San Diego Unified School District had a decrease of 73%

in school misconduct behaviors for TKF involved students

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TKF Mentoring Results

San Diego Unified School District had an overall decrease of

85% in truancy behaviors for TKF involved students

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Challenges &

Lessons Learned

Economic impacts including education budget cuts, reduced grant opportunities and declines in donations

Frequent changes with partnering school personnel and maintaining buy-in of intervention

Operating within educational systems

Annual turnover of the mentors with AmeriCorps

Not a shortage of at-risk youth

Planning is key

Mentor support and oversight is essential for success

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Partnership Next Steps

Participation with CaliforniaVolunteer (AmeriCorps) in planning process to develop educational model for supporting public schools

Explore replication of TKF Safe School Model, including mentoring intervention, in additional CA communities

Initiate a third party evaluation study of the mentoring intervention

Expand investment opportunities for TKF mentoring

Continue to present intervention and results at local and national conferences

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Additional information available in presentation packet

To learn more visit us at www.tkf.org

Lisa Grogan Benita Page

President/CEO Operation Director

[email protected] [email protected]

619-955-8777 ext. 106 619-955-8777 ext. 107

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