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Gang Reduction

Comprehensive Life Resources - RAIN - Rising Above INfluence, formerly the Tacoma Gang Reduction Project, is funded, in part, by the City of Tacoma. The program provides youth and their families with a network of community resources to help at-risk youth from being affiliated with gangs and to provide families and youth with assistance and resources to prevent and suppress gang violence in their communities. 


The City originally launched the project in 2011 to address and confront gang violence in our community based on the findings from the City of Tacoma’s 2011 Gang Assessment. The project is based on the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) Comprehensive Gang Model. 


For more information about RAIN, program services or how to get involved, visit their website under Other Programs (gang website under development) or contact Calvin Kennon, Sr. at ckennon@cmhshare.org.


Program Goals 

The goal of these programs is to help foster safe neighborhoods through prevention, intervention, suppression and continued collaboration to effect system changes and address the four key findings of the 2011 Tacoma Gang Assessment:

  1. Five neighborhoods (South Tacoma, South End, Eastside, Central, and New Tacoma) are disproportionately impacted by gangs, gang crime and related risk factors.
  2. Involvement in gangs facilitates access to weapons and drugs, leading to high levels of gang member involvement in weapons offenses, drive-by shootings, aggravated assaults, and drug offenses.
  3. Middle school is a critical time period for youth in Tacoma, when they are exposed to elevated levels of risk and are making decisions about gang joining.
  4. Gaps in information/data about gangs have affected Tacoma’s ability to understand and significantly impact the local gang problem.

Contact Information

747 Market Street
Room 836
Tacoma, WA 98402

Vicky McLaurin 

(253) 591-5058


Yvette Ferrell

(253) 591-5155



Helpful Links

Surveys and Assessments

National Gang Center