The mission of the Office for Community Engagement and Strategic Advocacy is to: Develop, implement and evaluate the Monterey County Gang Violence Prevention Initiative; establish strong collaborative partnerships with a diverse set of equity minded community stakeholders; advocate for policy change and systems transformation that utilize effective strategies to address and eradicate root causes of trauma, poverty and violence; and to build safe, healthy and thriving communities throughout Monterey County.
The Monterey County Board of Supervisors approved and launched the Monterey County Gang Violence Prevention Initiative in May 2013 with a strategic plan for developing the backbone agency for the initiative using the Collective Impact Model.
The development of the Action Plan for Building Safe and Thriving Communities included community input for a framework of strategically selected focus areas and indicators. The overarching goal of the Monterey County Gang Violence Prevention Initiative is to address the root causes and risk factors of violence through systemic and policy change using an improved collaborative effort.
The OCESA also serves as a liaison to County resources for locally organized violence prevention efforts throughout Monterey County. OCESA is a member of the Four Cities for Peace for South County cities of Gonzales, Soledad, Greenfield and King City; the Seaside Youth Violence Prevention Task Force; the Community Alliance for Safety and Peace (CASP) in Salinas; East Salinas Building Healthy Communities; and the North Monterey County Community Alliance.