Programs To Eradicate Gangs In LA Capstone Project

Length: 5 pages Sources: 1+ Subject: Energy Type: Capstone Project Paper: #20656491 Related Topics: Vulnerable Population, Transformative Learning, Homicide, Robbery
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Gang Prevention Programs in Los Angeles

The issue of gangs and the gang related deaths and violence has been a thing of concern across the nation and in Los Angeles in particular due to the alarming high levels of gang activities within the city. Los Angeles City has been described severally as the "gang capital" of the nation, due to the numerous gangs that are in existence as well as the long history of these gangs, going back to 50 years ago. Los Angeles Police Department (2016) there are approximately 450 active gangs in Los Angeles with a membership exceeding 45,000 members. The membership of these gangs has continued to increase over the last five years due to the lucrative narcotics trade. Over the last three years, it is documented that 16,398 violent crimes were associated to gang activities, 491 of these being homicides and 7,0478 being felony assaults, 98 rapes and 5,518 robberies.

It is at the background of such grim statistics that the need to have urgent and effective and continued intervention in LA is inevitable. For the LA community to continue thriving, the gang menace cannot be left to the LAPD alone and the other law enforcement agencies, but the community-based solutions also need to be put in place. This is where the gang intervention organizations with various programs are required like the V2K H.E.L.P.E.R, R.A.C.E. foundation, B.U.I.L.D foundation, and APUU foundation among others.

V2K H.E.L.P.E.R was originally known as Vencie 2000 and is a nonprofit organization and its primary preoccupation was gang intervention and prevention services. The V2K H.E.L.P.E.R is currently a community-intervention that is aimed at making LA a better place for all to live in. It focuses on providing resources and the guidance that will help the numerous struggling youth as well as the community members of varied ages. It targets to lead the members of the LA community to transition from the prevalent negative and anti-social behaviors, to start following and showing the positive and value-centered behaviors.

V2K H.E.L.P.E.R. is deemed to be the first organization in Venice region to act as a link between the community, the law enforcement and street organization members and over the years it has gained the respect of both the community and the local government....


This organization has been providing gang intervention and prevention services for the LA probation department as well as the LA county office of Education. They have also worked with the County of LA Department of health Services and several other community-based organizations that work on faith based initiatives, job training, community policing and victims assistance and victims rights.

The main aim of V2K H.E.L.P.E.R. is to develop a cohesive community that works together to improve the economic and social conditions for all LA residents. This they envision to do through peace treaties and community mobilization in order to impact positive changes that will ultimately benefit everyone within the community. The approach that makes this initiative to stand out is their ability to engage the community-based organizations (CBOs), business owners and the faith-based organizations in their transformative agenda within the community. This practice enables them to reach out to multicultural populations in LA who can receive spiritual guidance from the churches and mosques that the organization works in collaboration with. The organization is preoccupied with teaching youth towards leading a life that is structured and purpose driven and training the population on problem solving skills, and importance of setting goals. They also encourage youth to pursue their education to a logical conclusion and even to enroll for occupational training there after school. They also help the youth to find jobs and stay in work as well as supporting entrepreneurs and in this process helping in economic stability of the community (H.E.L.P.E.R Foundation, 2016).

The other organization is the R.A.C.E Foundation which is also a respectable organization in LA that deals with the issue of gangs. The Reclaiming America's Communities through Empowerment is a non-profit organization that operates in West Athens and their main focus is on gang intervention and prevention programs as well. It is an organization that has had impact on West Athens in that it helped reduce murder rates in West Athens by 70%. RACE also has significant focus on the community development programs for the at-risk families and the youth therein. Some of the key areas they focus on are youth sports programs which they use sports to…

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A Better LA, (2016). Funded Programs: R.A.C.E. Retrieved April 29, 2016 from

Basheer A., (2016). B.U.I.L.D. Brotherhood for Independent Leadership through Discipline. Retrieved April 29, 2016 from

H.E.L.P.E.R Foundation, (2016). HELPER: Our Mission. Retrieved April 29, 2016 from

Los Angeles Police Department (2016). Gangs. Retrieved April 29, 2016 from

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