Comprehensive approaches are defined PIM specific, involving multiple interventions in multiple settings relative to urban youth and youth gangs. Multiple interventions refers to the important of having several interventions addressing the problem behavior, and multiple settings refers to the need to engage the systems that have an impact on the development of the problem behavior (Nation, Crusto, Wandersman, Kumpfer, Seybolt, Morrissey-Kane, and Davino, 2003). Studies show, combined forms of engagement in various settings involving parent, peer, and school interventions support positive outcomes (Sagrestano & Paikoff, 1997).
“The PIM Project Presents…” through its workshops, promotes the need for comprehensive approaches to change, another principle for change and engagement involves the formation of positive relationships. As experts in gang-culture, The PIM Project presenters will be raise awareness concerning youth and youth violence, gang culture relative to groups (neighborhoods), and methods for identifying young people who;
• Are categorically identified as at-risk or proven risk young men [and women] of color, and
• Require the establishment of trusting relationships, and
• Are in need of various forms of community services
With previous Boston based at-risk youth involvement models and program from which to examine, like Street Safe Boston and Gang Peace, The PIM Project, through “The PIM Project Presents…” will build upon existing frameworks of prevention, intervention and mediation by a comprehensive form of strategies. Through a comprehensive approach, PIM will implement an array of services to address salient and target problems leading to violence among the focus population identified in the descriptive information.