BLOC is a free after-school program that targets at-risk youth living in low-income, Miami-Dade neighborhoods exposed to youth violence, substance abuse, tobacco use and the opioid epidemic. It serves minority youth who are predominantly of African-American, Haitian and Hispanic descent. Gang Alternative first implemented the BLOC program in 2008 and since that time thousands (or, more than a thousand) individuals have had their character strengthened by it.
BLOC utilizes the Botkin’s LifeSkills Training Transition Curriculum, an evidence-based prevention program for Middle and High School students. It targets the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance abuse and other risky behaviors.
BLOC operated on Mondays and Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for High School students, and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for Middle School students.