The City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) was established in July of 2008 to address gang violence in a comprehensive and coordinated way throughout the City. Community-based service provision began in 2009. Over the years, GRYD developed and implemented a Comprehensive Strategy to drive funding and practice decisions across areas designated as GRYD Zones. GRYD currently provides gang intervention and prevention services in 23 GRYD Zones throughout the City of Los Angeles, along with regional juvenile reentry services, community engagement programming, and various other initiatives.
GRYD Comprehensive Strategy Mission
GRYD’s Comprehensive Strategy is driven by two mission statements. The mission statements and related goals for GRYD programming are to improve the overall health and well-being of youth, young adults, families, and communities and provide positive alternatives to promote prosocial decisions. GRYD invests in the overall health and well-being of GRYD provider staff and their capacity to deliver effective services by:
GRYD Comprehensive Strategy Goals
Increasing the community’s knowledge of and access to equitable resources.
Increasing youth and family protective factors and resiliency while reducing gang joining among youth between the ages of 10 and 15.
Increasing youth and family protective factors and resiliency while reducing gang embeddedness for gang-involved youth and young adults between the ages of 14 and 25.
Facilitating effective communication and coordinated responses to prevent gang violence.
Facilitating effective communication and coordinated responses to reduce the likelihood of retaliation when violent incidents occur./li>
Providing training opportunities on how to recognize and address vicarious trauma and prevent the reactivation of individual trauma.
Providing on-going training and support to connect GRYD provider staff to best practices in the delivery of services.