Every year in Sacramento County, hundreds of students are expelled from school due to involvement in on-campus violence. Many of these instances of violence involve weapons. In order for students to be readmitted to their schools (particularly in cases that reach the court system), they must successfully complete a sanctioned violence prevention program. Project SAVE (Safe Alternatives and Violence Education) is one such program. It is a program that needs the public's help and support.
The 9th Annual Project SAVE Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, October 3, 2011, at the Catta Verdera Country Club in Lincoln. Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. and the "shotgun" start will begin at 9 a.m. This annual fundraiser is the main source of funding for this model community project that has been proven to prevent and reduce youth violence and bullying behaviors.
The mission of Project SAVE is to reduce youth violence and weapons possession through strong partnerships with local agencies. The mission emphasizes that weapons possession and violent behavior are unacceptable, especially on school grounds. Since 1998, Project SAVE has served more than 2,500 young people in Sacramento County. Nine out of ten participants remain violence-free after participating in the program.
Project SAVE is a collaborative project involving the County Probation Department, County Sheriff's Office, Sacramento City Police Department, Superior and Municipal Courts, Sacramento County School Districts, and community members and is coordinated by the Prevention and Student Services department of the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE).
Entry fees for the October 3, 2011 golf tournament are $150 per person or $600 for a foursome. Tournament host, contest sponsor, and individual hole sponsor opportunities are also available. Project SAVE is seeking door prize donations to benefit the program. A short luncheon will be provided at the conclusion of the tournament.
For more information about the Project SAVE golf tournament, or to find out about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, call (916) 228-2201.