Gang Intervention & Prevention
The Gang Intervention & Prevention program works with youth ages 12-21 within the City of Albuquerque who are identified either as “high risk” for gang involvement and youth who are active gang members.
The program utilizes innovative approaches to help youth learn and experience positive alternatives to youth violence and their maladaptive behaviors and to leave a gang in Albuquerque. Services provided include individualized support services, court advocacy, pro-social groups and Innovative Focus Groups at the schools, educational assistance, career development, and employment opportunities are accessed through our integrated programs in our Division. Referrals for Mental Health services are also provided.
A unique intervention is the Si Se Puede (Yes We Can) Leadership program which brings gang members together to focus on leadership development through the use of 8 sessions involving cultural, educational, community, recreation, and team-building. A graduation ceremony is held where youth will present on their experience in the Leadership program as well as a group presentation. A well-equipped studio is also available on site for the youth to learn how to record music and poetry.
The Gang Intervention & Prevention Program is a free program that works with youth ages 12-21 within the city of Albuquerque who are identified either as “high risk” for gang involvement and youth who are active gang members.
of YDI participants improved their legal or life situation by utilizing one of our programs!
Staff conduct outreach at local community events, schools, community centers, and other youth-serving organizations. The staff work in collaboration with Juvenile Probation and Parole and the 2nd Judicial Young Adult Court program for youth participating in our programs.