Our Approach to Prevention
Gang Alternative, Inc. (GA) is a faith and community-based non-profit organization with the mission to build character that lasts in children and families through positive alternatives to crime, violence, dependency, and delinquency by offering a holistic approach to their academic, physical, social, economic, and spiritual development.
GA’s programming focuses on both prevention and intervention under its five Pillars of Service: Positive Youth Development, Family Strengthening, Health & Wellness, Community Upliftment & Partnerships, and Workforce Development.
GA’s programs include afterschool academic enrichment, career development, HIV prevention and testing, substance abuse prevention, life skills development, gang activity suppression, re-entry services for returning citizens, in-home trauma-informed therapy, wrap-around care coordination, minority youth violence prevention research, coalition-building, parent engagement, and mentoring.
GA’s holistic approach to prevention is not limited to alcohol and substance abuse In fact, the approach also focuses on crime, behavioral and mental health issues, economic dependency, violence, gang involvement, and academic and social delinquency.
GA applies the Strategic Prevention Framework as a planning model to guide its overall prevention work, ensuring that cultural competence and sustainability are integrated at all phases of programming including design, implementation, and evaluation.
GA’s prevention approach is client and community-centered which is facilitated by its data-driven focus, founded in identifying existing prevention needs and forecasting emerging ones. This dual approach allows for continuous improvement of programming based on social realities. GA prides itself in facilitating wrap-around services to clients which integrates multi-level and multi-sectoral involvement centered around capacity-building, resource-development, and knowledge-sharing to minimize duplication of services and optimize use of community resources.