How did Santa Monica Cradle to Career begin?

A fatal gang-related shooting in a public park and a highly-visible teen suicide. These 2 tragic events involving Santa Monica youth sparked an open dialog about youth violence among the City of Santa Monica, public institutions, service providers, and other stakeholders. By 2012, this conversation grew into Santa Monica Cradle to Career - a public/private partnership to address the full spectrum of factors that influence youth wellbeing.