Connie Rice Speaks about Gang Prevention and Intervention Programs
Los Angeles Neighborhoods Made Safer
$200,000 Funding to Gang Prevention and Intervention Programs
Gang violence continues to have a significant negative effect on our communities, and especially on the youth of Los Angeles. Connie L. Rice, a civil rights attorney and co-founder and co-director of the Advancement Project, estimates that L.A. County has more than 1,000 gangs and 100,000 gang members.
The Foundation was pleased to award grant funding of $200,000 through our General Community Grants last year to ten community-based programs focusing on gang prevention and intervention, and is leveraging its resources with funds already being invested towards building safer communities.
The grant recipients provide a range of services and programs, including mentoring and counseling, after-school activities, assistance for gang members seeking to exit gang life, and a safe passage program to create formalized routes for students in the Belmont/Rampart area walking to and from school.
The Advancement Project received a $50,000 grant from The Foundation for its Safe Passage Program and Prevention/Intervention Toolkit. As Connie Rice explained, "When you provide basic safety, and you invest in communities enough to make them stable, and you feed all the kids, and you have all the kids out there with their parents and grandparents-guess what? The community will choose life over violence."
Read a recent article on the topic in the Los Angeles Business Journal by Amelia Xann, Vice President, Center for Designed Phianthropy here.