Wayne Sakamoto is the Executive Director of the California School Resource Officers’ Association.  He has over thirty years of experience in the field of school and community safety and has developed and implemented a number of successful gang and youth violence prevention and intervention approaches.  He has assisted schools on a national basis with school safety planning, emergency readiness and building safe and positive learning environments.  Wayne has been recognized at state and federal levels for violence prevention programs and efforts.  He assisted in developing, implementing and conducting state-wide trainings on the School Community Violence Prevention: Focus on Gangs effort that is a community partnership that includes prevention, intervention and suppression.  Wayne assisted in developing and implementing Project COURAGE a model after school program for students at-risk of gang involvement, drugs and violence. The project was an honorable mention for a Thousand Points of Light Award. He developed and assisted in implementing the F.O.R.C.E. 8 (Focus On Resolving Conflicts Everyday), a Youth Leadership Program that focuses on getting youth involved in violence prevention including gangs, racism, bullying and harassment.  The project was awarded the 2002 Golden Bell Award by the California School Boards Association.  Wayne has also been recognized by The California Wellness Foundation for his work as an advocate for violence prevention and was awarded the 2002 California Peace Prize Award.  Wayne’s story has been published in the Chicken Soup series of books.

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