Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $325,000)
Youth gangs continue to have a significant adverse impact on youth, families, and communities across America. A growing number of communities have adopted multi-strategy, multi-disciplinary approaches to reducing and preventing gang activity. The OJJDP FY 2010 Youth Gang Prevention and Intervention Program provides funding for localities to replicate selected secondary gang prevention and intervention programs that are considered promising or effective. These programs must be a part of an existing community based comprehensive anti-gang initiative. This program is authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010, Pub. L. No. 111-117.
The Los Angeles Boys & Girls Clubs Collaborative (LABGCC) will implement the nationally recognized Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Gang Prevention Through Targeted Outreach (GPTTO) and Gang Intervention Through Targeted Outreach (GITTO) initiatives to serve a minimum of 100 at risk, high risk, and gang involved youth ages 6-17. The initiative will include mobilizing community partners, recruiting youth to their neighborhood Club, providing research based positive youth development programs, case management services, outreach and referral, and interest-based Boys & Girls Club programs. Evaluation will be conducted including arrest record data through the Juvenile Automated Index, school performance and attendance records, surveys, and participation records. The goal of the project is to prevent crime, deter gang involvement, and help young people become productive and caring adults.