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#CO-OPP Creating Community Opportunities for Tacoma’s Youth

#CO-OOP logoThe #CO-OPP offers Tacoma youth (between the ages of ten and 24) who are or have the potential to be gang involved access to a support system of advocates, mentors and services to help them adopt a gang-free life.

The #CO-OPP was established by the Tacoma Gang Reduction Project in 2013 to help neighborhoods reduce youth involvement and affiliation in Tacoma’s gang activity with a focus on community safety and positive youth engagement. Since the program was established, more than 100 Tacoma youths have been referred for services.

The program supports youth for up to 24 months and offers gang involved youth an expanded support systems by coordinating:
  • Academic Planning and Support
  • Job Development
  • Mentorship
  • Legal Advocacy
  • Mental Health 
  • Drug and Alcohol Counseling
  • Pro-Social Activities
  • Criminal Justice Advocacy
  • Access to other tailored resources to meet each youth’s specific needs

Is Your Youth at Risk for Gang Involvement?

Identifying a youth exhibiting gang behavior can be difficult. Here is a list of potential behaviors to be aware of:
  • Unexplained cash and/or expensive goods.
  • Decorating books, walls, notebooks or other surfaces with a particular symbol.
  • Sudden behavior changes, without explanation:
    • Declining school attendance, performance, behavior
    • Spending more time away from home and family
    • Exhibiting signs of drug and/or alcohol use
    • Breaking rules or getting in trouble
    • New slang or unexplained nicknames
  • Hanging around with "new" friends.
  • Unusual interest in certain colors and/or articles of clothing (or a particular brand or logo).
  • Underage tattoos.
  • Unexplained injuries.
  • Carrying a weapon.

Make a Referral

Anyone can make a referral to the program by completing the referral form or simply contact us at (253) 591-5277 or co-opp@cityoftacoma.org.