Alfredo I. Velásquez, Santa Cruz County Superintendent, is proud to announce a new grant funding recently awarded to his office. The proposal entitled “Promoting Healthy Students Initiative” was approved by the United States Department of Justice under the Bureau of Justice Affairs: STOP School Violence Program. The project will receive approximately $670,000 over the next three years.
The grant will provide school-based resources to support families and students in the county. This three-year initiative seeks to prevent violence in the community by implementing school-wide programs that will raise awareness through training and proactive measures. In addition, PHSI seeks to institute positive learning environments, while providing small group and individualized services. The project will also create partnerships with community-based agencies and local law enforcement in a coordinated effort to reduce incidences of violence in the county.
With the unique challenges created by the pandemic and distance learning, Promoting Healthy Students will work diligently to address the needs of our county students. Their overall health and well-being will be of utmost importance as the program moves forward. For more information on the program, contact Teresa A. Sprigg at