State AG Visits Vallejo to Discuss Child Protection and Concerns – The Vacaville Reporter

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State Attorney General Rob Bonta has visited Vallejo in recent weeks to learn about the city’s Youth Achievement Center and discuss the needs and concerns of young people.

The event was organized in partnership with the Solano County Probation Department and Solano County Supervisor Erin Hannigan, among others.

Bonta toured the facility on August 10, shared his thoughts and priorities regarding the juvenile justice system, and heard from youth participants about their concerns, hopes, and recommendations for programming.

“I am extremely grateful to AG Bonta for taking the time to visit the YAC and see firsthand the incredible work done by probation staff and their community partners to help transform the lives of young people in their care and their supervision,” Christopher Hansen, the county’s chief probation officer, said in a news release. “There can be no better public safety than a young person who learns the skills and knowledge to become a productive and law-abiding member of our community.

Hannigan highlighted the work being done at Solano to strengthen First 5 programs and ensure equitable access to services for all families.

She reiterated the need for a community-based approach to service development, including one that begins by supporting entire families with early intervention, prevention and community-based strategies, officials said.

The Youth Achievement Center opened in 2018 with funding from the Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act. It is described as a “one-stop service site” for youth under community supervision. Participants attend mandatory and recommended programs that address both youth development and the changing factors associated with criminal activity, officials said.

Located in both Vallejo and Fairfield, the program is designed to reduce recidivism and increase protective factors that help young people grow up healthy.

For more information about any of the Probation Service’s community programs, contact Katie Ward, Social Services Manager, at 784-7587 or [email protected]

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