USC Dornsife College Of Letters Arts and Sciences

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Community Profiles

The Institute for Violence Prevention contracted with Healthy City to develop community profiles of three Los Angeles Gang Reduction and Youth Development Zones. The profiles included population characteristics (age, ethnicity, school population characteristics, median income, employment status, health conditions), public safety information, and community assets, such as congregations, parks, nonprofit organizations, and city resources.

Gang Prevention/Intervention & Immigration

A Better LA

Brian Center, Executive Director
1150 S. Olive Street Ste 340
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: 213.412.3111 office
Fax: 213.747.2252 fax

“A Better LA’s unique approach utilizes research-based methods to help troubled communities break the cycle of violence afflicting them, so that hope and opportunity can take root. The truth about troubled communities is that the people most likely to commit violent crimes are the ones most often ignored. Our community outreach workers are uniquely qualified to engage these individuals, because they too come from tough lives in tough neighborhoods. We train and fund these workers so they can effectively provide alternatives to violence before it ever occurs. They are critical to success but have never been supported, until now.”

Services Provided

  • Regional gang intervention
  • Self-empowerment course
  • After school programs

A Place Called Home
2830 S. Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
323. 232. 7653
(F) 323. 232. 0445

“A Place Called Home is a dynamic, non-profit youth center located in South Central Los Angeles. APCH provides educational programs, counseling, mentoring, music, dance and art classes. We also have a recreation and athletic department. One on one attention is at the heart of all APCH programs and activities. This reflects the belief that each member arrives at our center with skills and abilities that have not fully been realized. As youth participate in our programs, they discover their interests and talents. APCH strives to help youth achieve a better sense of themselves and the world around them. Our goal is to increase the likelihood that they will stay in school and go on to higher education and viable jobs.”

Services Provided:

  • Educational Services
  • Health, Nutrition and Well-Being
  • Community volunteer initiatives
  • Youth training in music, dance and fine arts
  • Recreation/athletics

A World Fit For Kids
2550 W. Beverly Blvd., 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90057
213. 387. 7712
(F) 213. 387. 7507

“A World Fit For Kids! (WFIT) delivers physical activity-based youth development programs and training that result in a triple bottom line for young people: obesity reduction, increased graduation rates, work readiness / jobs.”

Services Provided:

  • After school programs
  • Physical activity-based youth development training programs

Alma Family Services
1260 S. Soto St.
Los Angeles, CA 90023

“Alma provides five interdisciplinary mental health outpatient office locations serving all age ranges including those with substance abuse in the cities of Long Beach, Walnut, Pico Rivera, and East Los Angeles and which also serve adjacent communities. Alma also provides mental health services which are functionally integrated within community health facilities in Huntington Park, Norwalk and Long Beach.”

Services Provided:

  • Mental health counseling and support to children, adolescents, adults and their families
  • After school enrichment programs
  • Community services information, referral and linkage

Asian American Drug Abuse Program
2900 S. Crenshaw Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016

Asian American Drug Abuse Program serves people throughout Los Angeles County. Programs have expanded to include water conservation, HIV/AIDS outreach and cross training, Drug Court Services for the Inglewood Municipal Courts, tobacco education, and a for profit business venture, MTC Construction.“����

Services Provided:

  • Drug prevention, intervention, and treatment
  • Job training and employment programs
  • HIV/AIDS Outreach and Cross Training
  • Drug Court Services for the Inglewood Municipal Courts
  • Tobacco Education

Aztec Rising
3516 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA. 90031

Services Provided:

  • Gang P/I Workshop
  • Job Search
  • Mental Health
  • Referrals to other services

Brotherhood Crusade
200 E. Slauson Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90011

“Founded in 1968, the Brotherhood Crusade’s principal mission is dedicated to building and sustaining an institution that raises funds and resources from within the community and distributes those funds directly back into the community. Brotherhood Crusade has a history of building alliances with other organizations, corporations and foundations of goodwill that are committed to and understand the tremendous need for helping our community and people grow and prosper.”

Services Provided:

  • Job training and placement
  • Teen counseling and mentoring
  • After school and sports programs for youths
  • Domestic violence shelters
  • Substance abuse and prevention
  • Placement and feeding homeless families
  • Senior citizen services
  • Gang prevention and intervention programs
  • Welfare to work programs
  • Technical assistance and small business loans to minority business owners
  • Fiscal management to other non-profit organizations

Coalition for Humane Immigrant
Rights of Los Angeles
2533 W. 3rd St., Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90057

“CHIRLA was formed in 1986 to advance the human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees in Los Angeles; promote harmonious multi-ethnic and multi-racial human relations; and through coalition-building, advocacy, community education and organizing, empower immigrants and their allies to build a more just society.”

Services Provided:

  • Community education, including free resources such as “Know Your Rights Cards” (KYR), business-card size cards detailing constitutional rights for all, and brochures such as, In Case of Raids, Your Benefits Under the Law, Citizenship Requirements, Children’s Benefits, and other informational brochures and booklets.
  • Civic engagement, including voter eduction
  • Policy advocacy

Communities in Schools
8743 Burnet Ave.
North Hills, CA. 91343

Description: “Our mission is to bring the community together to address these barriers though a wide range of violence prevention, gang intervention, community empowerment, job development, and mentoring programs. Simply put, our work is aimed at helping youth and young adults develop the skills, abilities, relationships and associations necessary to foster self-esteem, persistence, perseverance and positive attitudes.”

Services offered:

  • Community-based gang intervention/violence interruption and crisis response activities and individualized service provision for gang members or gang-involved youth and young adults 14-25
  • Job training, high-risk employment program
  • Community events and mobilizations
  • Workshops for young girls

Community Build, Inc.
4305 Degnan Blvd. Ste. 105
Los Angeles, CA. 90008, Ste. 201

Description: “We are dedicated to the revitalization of our community through human investment and commercial economic development. We strive to empower our communities and the young people of today by investing, training, and equipping them with the skills, resources, confidence and encouragement they need to become active participants in the process of rebuilding our community.”

Services offered:

  • Community and economic development
  • Case management, counseling, and family support for youth ages 10-14 in the Bret-Harte Middle School Community
  • Health education and direct services to youth in the Vermont Manchester Community
  • Placement and assistance to adults 18-30 with felonies or misdemeanors

Community Coalition
8101 S. Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Phone: 323.750.9087

“Community Coalition works with African American and Latino residents to build a prosperous and healthy South LA with safe neighborhoods, quality schools, a strong social safety net and positive economic development in order to reduce crime, poverty and substance abuse in our community. Community leaders, including former California Assembly Speaker, Karen Bass, founded Community Coalition as a non-profit organization in 1990 in response to the 1980’s crack cocaine epidemic that devastated South LA. The goal was to provide preventative community-centered solutions to the drug problem.”

  • Build a positive economic development in order to reduce crime, poverty and substance abuse in our community.
  • Improve social service delivery in South LA for some of our most vulnerable residents, such as individuals pushed off welfare and ex-offenders transitioning out of prison.

El Centro Del Pueblo
1157 Lemoyne Street
Los Angeles, CA. 90026
213.483.6335 ext. 110
(F) 213.483.5389

Services Provided:

  • Individual Family Counseling
  • Youth Counseling
  • After School Programs
  • Tutoring
  • Case Management

El Nido Family Centers Pacoima / Foothill
13460 Van Nuys Blvd.
Pacoima, CA 91331

“The mission of El Nido Family Centers is to empower disadvantaged or at-risk children, youth and families through educational and social services offered from neighborhood centers throughout Los Angeles County. Programs provide tools for young people to overcome trauma, recognize their inherent value and achieve their goals; and for parents to create a loving, healthy family environment.”

Services Provided:

  • Services for pregnant/parenting teens
  • Teen pregnancy prevention and delinquency prevention
  • Child abuse prevention/intervention
  • Parenting education

Gang Alternative Program (GAP)
309 West Opp Street
Wilmington, CA 90744
310. 519. 7233
(F) 310. 519. 8730

GAP provides services and programs to promote a gangfree lifestyle to young people and their families.

Services offered:

  • School-based youth gang prevention curriculum for elementary students
  • Court approved parent and teen education programs
  • Graffiti prevention education and abatement
  • Youth job training and development
  • Case management

Helper Foundation
3957 � S. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA. 90062

The  V2K H.E.L.P.E.R. FOUNDATION “build[s] a cohesive community working together to improve social and economic conditions for all people. The vision of V2K-H.E.L.P.E.R. Foundation is to bring together the individual factions of the communities riddled with gang violence, through community mobilization and peace treaties, to make positive changes that will benefit everyone within the community.”

Services Provided:

  • Community-based gang intervention (e.g., counseling; mentoring; parenting classes; anger management and life-skills training; after-school activities, such as sports, art programs, and field trips)
  • Early intervention
  • Crisis intervention to defuse potentially violent situations
  • Drug and alcohol abuse treatment referral services

Homeboy Industries
1916 E. First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
800. 526. 1254
(F) 323. 526. 1257

“Homeboy’s services enable young people to redirect their lives and provide them with hope for their futures. Our free support services focus on case management, education (including Opportunities for Learning Charter High School), job training and placement, legal services, mental health counseling, twelve step meetings, pre-release and transition counseling, and tattoo removal.”

Service Provided:

  • Job training and placement
  • Tattoo removal
  • Counseling and case management
  • Legal services

Homies Unidos Los Angeles
1625 W. Olympic Blvd. #706
Los Angeles, CA 90015

‘For more than ten years, Homies Unidos has been a catalyst for change, working to end violence and promote peace in our communities through gang prevention, the promotion of human rights in immigrant communities, and the empowerment of youth through positive alternatives to gang involvement and destructive behavior.’

Service Provided:

  • Education to help non-active gang members reintegrate into their communities.
  • Youth intervention
  • Tattoo removal
  • Job training

Justice for Murdered Children
Berth 77 P7 B
San Pedro, CA.

Justice for Murdered Children works to reduce the number homicides, reduce the number of unsolved homicides and to assist families that have lost loved-ones to homicide.

Services Provided:

  • Support Groups and counseling
  • Education
  • Assistance with burial expenses

Los Angeles Metro Churches
7607 S. Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90047

” Los Angeles Metropolitan Churches (LAM) is an association of 50 active member churches that work together to address hopelessness and despair by organizing around social justice issues related to poverty, education and health. Our efforts are directed by a team of 14 staff members and through relationships with state and local policymakers and private foundations.”

  • Ex-Offender Action Network (EAN) a network of formerly incarcerated constituents in relationship to build leaders who are committed to improving the conditions of formerly incarcerated persons and their families. EAN is closely linked to local churches for hope and healing.
  • After school substance abuse and sexually transmitted disease prevention program for elementary to high school students
  • Community organizing and leadership development for fathers

New Directions For Youth
7315 N. Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91605

“New Directions for Youth (NDY) is a tax exempt 501 (c) (3) non-profit youth development organization that provides direct services and programs to at-risk youth and families throughout the San Fernando Valley an in the greater Los Angeles area. Since its founding in 1976, NDY has provided services – free of charge – to more than 90,000 individuals.”

Services Provided:

  • Gang prevention
  • Crisis intervention
  • Therapeutic and family counseling
  • Computer classes, literacy and tutoring programs
  • Summer employment
  • Graffiti removal and neighborhood beautification
  • Substance abuse prevention

2nd Call
Skipp Townsend, Intervention Specialist
PO Box 191476
Los Angeles, CA 90019

“2nd Call is a community based organization designed to assist in the personal development of individuals, who are at risk youth, ex-felons, parolees and others who society disregards. 2nd Call will assist in the review of current community development programs already in place. Using our expertise we will help identify and determine best practices for the area. Through life management skills training and impact sessions we will provide a missing link empowering those exempted from power and participation in the main stream. We will then propose options for implementing an ideal approach for ensuring safety for everyone in the community.”

  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Personal development of individuals, who are at risk youth, ex-felons, parolees
  • Anger management courses
  • Job readiness and job retention

Stop the Violence, Increase the Peace
2930 Imperial Hwy #200A
Inglewood, CA 90303

Stop the Violence, Increase the Peace Foundation provides various community services and is part of the Regional Violence Prevention Coalition.
Services Provided:

  • Counseling
  • Gang intervention
  • Mentoring

Toberman Neighborhood Center
131 N. Grand Ave.
San Pedro, CA. 90731

Toberman’s new campus provides services to over 18,000 people per year.  Toberman offers a holistic approach to social services through three main areas of programming: Healthy Living & Learning, Community Resources, and Gang Intervention.

Service Offered:

  • After-school programs to promote nutrition, fitness, education, and appreciation of the arts
  • Family Resources programs to address the needs of individuals and families
  • Social activities and exercise for seniors
  • Toberman provides court-mandated classes in anger management, domestic violence counseling, drug counseling and testing.

United Community Action Network
44231 N. Division St
Lancaster, CA 93534
661. 948. 3000
(F) 661. 948. 4600

Services Provided:

  • Aftercare Counseling
  • After School Programs
  • Community and School Outreach Programs
  • Drug and Alcohol Diversion Classes
  • ADADC Counselor Certification Program
  • First Time Offender Juvenile Diversion Program
  • Youth Mentoring Program

Victory Outreach
250 W. Arrow Hwy
San Dimas, CA 91773

“Victory Outreach is an international, church-oriented Christian ministry called to the task of evangelizing and discipling the hurting people of the world, with the message of hope and plan of Jesus Christ. This call involves a commitment to plant and develop churches, rehabilitation homes and training centers, in strategic cities of the world. Victory Outreach works cooperatively with others of mutual purpose in accomplishing the task before us.”

  • Urban training centers
  • Youth outreach
  • Leadership development

Violence Intervention Program
1721 Griffin Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90031

‘The Violence Intervention Program in East Los Angeles cares for victims of child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence and elder and dependent adult abuse. VIP provides direct services and has resources and information for victims, caregivers, social workers, law enforcement officers, healthcare providers and school officials.’

Services Provided:

  • Youth development and violence prevention
  • Health care for foster children
  • Treatment of child victims of abuse and assault
  • Care for victims of sexual assault
  • Elder and dependent abuse intervention

Youth Alive
P.O. Box 33521
Los Angeles, CA 90033
323. 225. 0401
(F) 323. 225. 2832

“Youth ALIVE! Is a non-profit public health agency founded in 1991 dedicated to preventing youth violence and generating youth leadership in California communities experiencing high rates of violence. Youth ALIVE! Advocates for strategies to reduce violence, and runs two programs in Oakland and Los Angeles.”

Services Provided:

  • Intervention program that works with youth who are hospitalized due to violent injuries to reduce retaliation, re-injury, and arrest.
  • Peer leadership and violence prevention programs to train young people from neighborhoods with high rates of violence to provide peer education to middle school students and to become advocates for violence prevention