Community Partnership for Youth (CPY) was formed in the spring of 1991 as a grassroots community response to a tragedy when a promising Seaside High student-athlete, Ramon Avila, was shot and killed during an alleged drug deal. Local community leaders vowed to find a solution to spiking crime in the neighborhood and its effects on their most vulnerable children and youth.
Citizens from many parts of the community collaborated to find ways of protecting children from violence, crime, and drugs. They discovered that prevention beginning at the elementary school level was the key. CPY’s founding committee found that their most at-risk students were all too often left unsupervised and without guidance in early childhood. They also learned, what has since become widely publicized, that the hours between 2pm and 6pm are the prime time for violent juvenile crime and the time when kids are most likely to be victims of violent crime.
It was with these ideas in mind that Community Partnership for Youth (CPY) was created. CPY is a prevention program providing alternatives to gangs, drugs, and violence. The program consists of an Afterschool Mentor/Tutor program, an 5 week all-day Summer Program, a Middle School Leadership Program, a High School Life Skills, Leadership & Job Preparation Program, a seven week Strengthening Families Program (SFP), and a Visual and Performing Arts Academy.