The City Council has unanimously approved a contract with the county Probation Department for a gang prevention program targeting at-risk elementary and junior high school students.
The department started the Gang Alternative and Prevention Program two years ago to keep children from joining gangs. Since then, 11 San Gabriel Valley cities have contracted to set up the program in their school districts.
A probation officer is assigned to each school district to provide individual and group counseling for students and to inform parents and students about tutoring, recreation and social service organizations in their communities.
The program will begin July 1 and cost $33,000 a year. The Duarte Unified School District will contribute $15,000, and the city will pay the rest.