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Community Healing Initiative (CHI)

About CHI

The Community Healing Initiative (CHI) is a community-centered, collaborative partnership between NWFS, DCJ, Latino Network, and Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC). Additional partners include the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) and other community-based organizations. 

CHI is designed to decrease youth violence by providing culturally appropriate community support to Latino and Slavic youth and their families. We help build a safe and thriving environment through collaboration designed to identify the root causes of high-risk activities and behaviors. The CHI model uses targeted supervision, intervention, and prevention strategies on families of probation youth who are likely to be involved in violent activities, specifically gun violence. 

A Youth, Family, and Community Team plans and implements Positive Youth Development, Family Support, and Community Protection activities. The team includes public safety, social service, and community-based agency representatives. 

CHI Values:

  • Family first
  • Engagement and motivation
  • Effective teamwork 
  • Shared accountability
  • Community safety

CHI Goals:

  • Reduce involvement in the juvenile justice system 
  • Reduce/eliminate gang-involvement and gang-related behaviors
  • Reduce youth violence and juvenile delinquency
  • Reduce felonies and arrests Latino and Slavic family members
  • Increase academic achievement

Once probation ends, the youth and family still have access to services until all the goals outlined in the family success plan have been achieved. 

Support and services are tailored to meet each family’s individual needs.

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