The Prevention and Student Service(s) section has administered the Gang Prevention and Intervention Program (GPIP) grant through a competitive application process, which was made available to LEAs on a three-year grant funding cycle, beginning with Fiscal Year 2021. Subject to legislative appropriations, the Utah State Board distributed money for a Gang Prevention and Intervention Program designed to help students at risk for gang involvement stay in school. This grant program will expire June 30, 2023 as a result of the passage of H.B. 304 (2023).
This grant was used for specifically designed projects and activities to help at-risk students stay in school and enhance their cultural and social competence, self-management skills, citizenship, preparation for life skills, academic achievement, literacy, and interpersonal relationship skills required for school completion and full participation in society.
H.B. 304 Juvenile Justice Revisions repealed and reenacted Utah State Statute 53F-2-410 and the program was renamed to Juvenile Gang and other Violent Crime Prevention and Intervention Program. The changes require USBE to establish a distribution formula for the grant program and prioritize schools in school districts and charter schools based on the prevalence of crimes committed by minors within the boundaries of each municipality where a school is located. These changes will be enacted on May 3, 2023. The new Juvenile Gang and Violent Crime Prevention and Intervention Program (Juvenile Gang Program) will be implemented in Fiscal Year 2024 (2023-2024 School Year).
USBE Rule R277-436 Gang Prevention and Intervention Programs in the Schools Utah State Board of Education Administrative Rules (Note: Rule changes are forthcoming to reflect the changes in statute.)