As the lead providers for the Olympic GRYD zone, Bresee’s Gang Prevention team works with local schools, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the Probation Department, Community Centers, Recreation Parks and local after-school programs to identify the 100 youth most at-risk of joining a gang. Over the course of six months to a year, GRYD’s two strategy teams provide individualized services tailored to each youth’s risk factors as well as providing intensive case management, family counseling, and high-quality youth development activities. To qualify for services youth must be between the ages of 10 yrs to 15yrs (2 months), have a relationship to the Olympic GRYD Zone, and meet program-identified risk factors for joining a gang.
Risk factors include:
- Isolates him/herself from other young people who are involved in positive activities in school, community, faith-based organizations, and or after school programs.
- Tends to rebel against authority ﬁgures such as: parents, teachers, law enforcement, community elders, and faith based leaders.
- Unable to work as part of a socially acceptable work group in school, community, or after school program.
Impulsive Risk Taking
- Frequently prone to do things that could be harmful, or dangerous to him/herself and or others without first considering potential consequences.
- This may include, but is not limited to accepting a ride in a stolen vehicle, carrying a weapon, being a look out for a drug sale, consistently cutting school, storing stolen property.
- May experience dangerous or illegal acts as thrilling, or as a sign of being “down with his peers.
- Justiﬁes or makes excuses for actions that are hurtful to others, which may include but not limited to: lying, stealing, punching, bullying, threatening, and/or other illegal activities.
- Shows a consistent tendency towards victimizing and manipulating others, while rationalizing that it is acceptable to do so.
- Unable to show or feel remorse or accept responsibility for his/her hurtful actions against others.
Delinquency & Substance Abuse
- Frequently involved in illegal behaviors connected to drug use, which may include but not limited to: using or selling drugs, stealing in order to buy drugs, or committing illegal acts while under the influence of drugs and or alcohol.
- Tends to follow the advice and inﬂuence of the “negative friends” as opposed to the advice and inﬂuence of positive peers and or adults.
- Regularly associates with a group of “negative friends” who approve or condone potentially illegal activities.
- Often associates with a group that approve of behaviors such as hurting others, taking other people’s property, using or selling drugs.
- Associates with “negative friends” who are directly involved in illegal activities including but not limited to: stealing cars, breaking into homes, taking property from others, selling drugs, and may be involved in tagging.
Critical Life Events
- A young person who is experiencing a traumatic event such as losing a family member or someone close to them, witnessing a homicide, being sent to a juvenile camp, relocating to a new neighborhood, losing a signiﬁcant relationship such as a boyfriend or girlfriend.
- These traumatic events in combination with other risk factors may the “the last straw” that leads a young person to formally adopt a gang member identity.
Weak Parental Supervision
- Lacks parental guidelines for curfews, school attendance, and may spend a significant amount of time involved in street activities without the knowledge or supervision of the parents.
- A young person whose parents are often physically or emotionally absent due to work schedules, drug use, and/or interpersonal family problems.
Family Gang Influence
- Having one or multiple inﬂuential family members that are actively; involved in formal gang activity. Being exposed to family values that affirm and accept gang involvement as a normal part of life.