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Gang Reduction Youth Development (GRYD) Program

Since 11/2009, Alma Family Services is the lead agency for a collaborative Gang Reduction Youth Development Program (GRYD) serving youth and families who reside in the Boyle Heights/Hollenbeck area of the City of Los Angeles. The GRYD program represents a historic effort on the part of the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office to reduce crime rates and gang membership in specific communities with a high degree of gang activity and violence. All services provided by Alma Family Services program address factors that are known to increase a youth’s risk of gang involvement.

Youth Pathway to Opportunities (YPO)

Alma Family Services, in collaboration with The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health provides support services in a community-based setting in Pomona and El Monte respectively. Founded in partnership with the Los Angeles County Probation Department in 2015, the program evolved from focusing primarily on preventing negative interaction with the Juvenile Justice System to broader approach to prevent behaviors that place the youth at risk of negative academic, social and health outcomes. Alma's YPO program offers prevention services to youth and their families, focusing on education, community capacity building and the development of protective factors for youth. Through individual and group services, youth participating in the program will receive the tools needed to engage in positive community activities, develop healthy relationships and achieve individualized achievement goals. Alma utilizes a multidisciplinary system of care that offers comprehensive, developmentally appropriate, and coordinated child and family services oriented to promoting healthy youth development and reducing delinquency and victimization.

Youth Diversion & Development (YDD)

The LA County Board of Supervisors, the Los Angeles County Youth Diversion & Development Department (YDD) and the El Monte Police Department are partnering with Alma Family Services to provide Youth Diversion and Development Services in the City of El Monte. In lieu of an arrest or citation, eligible youth are referred to Alma where they receive individualized developmentally appropriate community­‐based services, including but not limited to: youth development and enrichment activities; case management, care coordination, and systems navigation; trauma-­responsive preventive services, concrete supports for ancillary needs; family engagement and parenting skills training. Services are provided at no cost to the youth or family.