Project BUILD uses the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Comprehensive Gang Model, an evidence-based gang intervention model developed by the U.S. Department of Justice. The OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model was developed in the 1980s and has been tested and evaluated in communities around the United States, where it was found to reduce gang-related crime and violence.
Elements of this model include street outreach workers, a Multidisciplinary Intervention Team, and coordinated case management of clients’ needs and services.
The OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model is a collaborative, multi-agency framework that enables agencies to expedite services, break down barriers, and share information in order to more effectively serve youth.
Project BUILD has used the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model since 2009. A local evaluation of Project BUILD (Parker, Wilson and Thomas, 2012) found that participants in Project BUILD reduced delinquency and risky behavior in multiple areas of their lives.