Sustainability and Social Justice

Date of Award


Degree Type

Practitioner Report

Degree Name

Dual Degree Master of Business Administration/Master of Arts in Community Development and Planning (MBA/CDP)


International Development, Community and Environment

Chief Instructor

Ramon Borges-Mendez, Ph.D.

Second Reader

Donna Gallo, Ph.D.


Gang violence, Urban communities


Worcester has faced many challenges with violence among youth in underserved areas. Over the past couple of years, there has been an increase in violent behaviors on the East-Side of Worcester. This dual degree report will evaluate a program that was developed to help with combating youth violence on the Eastside of Worcester. Comprehensive Anti-Gang Strategies (CAGS) is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in the amount of $327,312 for two years. This evaluation of CAGS will include an analysis using the SWOT framework to help analyze the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats that CAGS may be facing. A review of literature focuses on similar programs in the US and the implementation of the program. Data was gathered through interviews with the partners of the grant and a detailed observation of the program from the writer of this paper. The goal of this paper is to take an in-depth look into CAGS to assess the value of the program and determine its sustainability into the future. The paper will conclude with recommendations from this writer with the goal of preserving the program.





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