Gina Zottola

Gina Zottola, the Executive Director of the Wild Rivers Community Foundation, is the youngest of seven children and a 3rd generation native of Del Norte County. Gina was a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley in the Bay Area for 10 years , and competed on the Women’s Pro Beach Volleyball circuit for 2 years. Gina returned home to the Wild Rivers Region in 2007 to be near family and fulfill her passion to support her community.  Gina works to create partnerships in and outside of her community to leverage resources, to shine a light on the needs of the region and share out the good work that is taking place in the rural communities of Curry County, Oregon and Del Norte County, California.



Gina’s Monday Session:

Reaching Our Troubled Youth: Strategies for Prevention, Intervention and Suppression

Our local Gang Prevention Task Force will have representatives from all backgrounds share real life stories, statistics and facts about troubled youth in Southern Oregon.

Nonprofits are on the front lines dealing with gang issues in the community, offering help and services to families and youth in need.  The Task Force will help your organization learn more about the available networks that focus on troubled youth and recommend specific mobilization strategies for prevention, intervention and suppression.

A comprehensive survey shows 16 active gangs in our area, with 95% of members between the ages of 13 and 25.   Parent involvement, employment, job training, school programs, mentoring, and recreation programs are all effective ways to reach troubled youth.  “A repeated finding was that having a meaningful, trusted connection with at least one caring, competent adult was the core of resilience.” ~ Kenneth R. Ginsburg & Sara B. Kinsman

Gang prevention requires our communities work together to access and intervene for high risk youth who are vulnerable to recruitment.  Successful prevention assures less work on intervention and suppression efforts – but all three approaches are actively needed.

Please join our expert panel members to learn what is being done and what you and your organization can do to help.

Brad Russell, Executive Director, Rogue Valley Family YMCA 

Joe Ferguson, Jackson County Juvenile Services Deputy Director
Mark Patterson, School Resource Police Officer
Matt SweeneyYouth 71Five Ministries
Phil Ortega, Life Art & Eagle Point School District Student Services
Troy WohoskySpartan Boxing Gym