Gang Alternative receives $39,440.00 grant from Health Foundation


Gang Alternative, a nonprofit organization that assists adolescents and families from Miami’s high-risk inner-city neighborhoods to develop positive values and skills to transition to productive adult life styles, received a $38,440 grant from Health Foundation of South Florida to fund the organizations

efforts to achieve CARF accreditation and improved the services it provides to the Little Haiti, Liberty City and North Miami communities it serves.

This one-year project will assist Gang Alternative in becoming accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities).  Agencies that are CARF-accredited must meet stringent international standards.

According to Gang Alternative Chief Operating Officer Mirva, “Gang Alternative has chosen to undergo this voluntary accreditation process to ensure we are providing the highest quality services possible to the children and families we serve.

She added, “The more funding we receive, the more people we can serve, the more responsibility we have to provide excellent services now more than ever to our consumers”

This endeavor would not have been possible without Health Foundation’s willingness to support key organizations with capacity-building activities. This type of support will help advance Gang Alternative to the next level as a service provider, developing more renewable funding streams to support program expansions in the future.

Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grant making organization, is dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.  Since 1993, the Foundation awarded more than $108 million in grants and program support. For more information, please call 305.374.7200 or visit the website, 

Gang Alternative (GA) occupies a unique service niche in Miami’s inner city as prevention provider.  The agency became a 501 (c) 3 non-profit in 2005 building on a 20- year volunteer and faith-based history. GA primarily serves Haitian and African-American adolescents and families from Miami’s high-risk inner-city neighborhoods. These youths are increasingly at risk for negative outcomes due to multiple community risk factors. Our goal is to instill positive values and foster strong character and skills to help adolescents transition to productive adult life styles.  For more information on Gang Alternative, please contact us at 786-391-2376.