Saturday, September 10, 2011 the Public and Governmental Affairs staff of the Gang Alternatives Program attended the Yess to Bridges event in Carson CA, and GAP provided an information booth. Yess to Bridges event is a unique way to increase community awareness and raise the awareness to continue to bring quality services to those that need it most, our youth. We believe as community we can collectively make a difference. This event is targeted at –risk and troubled youth and their families throughout Los Angeles.
On Thursday, August 25, 2011 the Staff of the Gang Alternatives Program attended an all staff meeting Wilmington office. Congratulations to all the staff who participating in the GAP Team building event, we had a great time coming together to build relationships. “It Takes A Village To Raise A Child”, coming together for effective collaboration and team work will help us reach our vision: “To prevent young people from joining gangs”.
GAP RECEIVES $7,750 FROM THE CRUISE INDUSTRY CHARITABLE FUND
May 25, 2011
NEW POSITIONS APPOINTED AT THE GANG ALTERNATIVES PROGRAM
Los Angeles, CA - On May Friday, May 24, 2011 the Gang Alternatives Program (GAP) appointed Juan Torres, as Director of Administration at the Gang Alternatives Program (GAP). Following the recent departure of David Tynes as Director of Operations at GAP, several key positions were also filled through internal promotions:
Juan Torres, MPA, Director of Administration
Fatima Vanegas, Accounting Supervisor
Lee Harmon, Operations Coordinator
Juan Torres was the Associate Director of Community Clean Up for 6 years and prior to that, has worked in the Education Department as a Classroom Advisor and Parent Project® Facilitator for 4 years. During his years with the Gang Alternatives Program (GAP), he has taken a keen interest in public service and has also received his Masters of Public Administration degree from California State University, Long Beach.
Fatima Vanegas was the Bookkeeper in the Administration Department for 2 years, she also received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills this May, and is ready to full fill her new positions as the Accounting Supervisor for GAP.
Lee Harmon, has also been a long standing employee at GAP, and has been with us since 2004. he will also be promoted to the position of Operations Coordinator where he will be responsible for overseeing the technology infrastructure and operations at GAP.
All three have been members of the Junior Executive Program (JEP), which is a staff training workshop that assist in capacity building in such areas as leadership, governance, management and operations. The program is facilitated by Executive Director, Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D and consultant, Don Goldman, Executive Service Corp.
Executive Director, Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D. stated that “I’m confident that these newly appointed positions will be a great asset to GAP. We are confident in their experience and credentials and know that GAP will continue to be in good hands.”
The 2011 Annual Meeting of the Gang Alternatives Program (GAP) will be held on Friday, June 3, 2011 at 8:00 AM in the Banning's Landing Community Center at 101 E. Water St., Wilmington, CA 90744
This meeting is open to the public. Anyone needing an assistive device or translation services may request either or both up to seven (7) business days prior to the meeting. The meeting location is barrier-free and handicap parking is available.
The meeting will include annual reports on the organization and election of board members and officers. There will be provision for public comment at the end of the agenda.
For further information, call (310) 519-7233. or click here to download the notice.
February 2, 2011
WILMIINGTON - GAP is pleased to announce that Union Pacific (UP) of Long Beach awarded $5,000 to GAP. With the help of Andy Perez, Union Pacific Director of Port Affairs (and former GAP board member), UP is one of our newest supporters. Thank you for your support Union Pacific! Your dollars will help make a difference in the many communities that we serve.
January 21, 2011
The following is an open letter from GAP Executive Director, Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D.
City of Los Angeles Recommendation to Reduce All Graffiti Abatement Services and Its Impact to the Community
Wilmington, CA - On Wednesday, January 12, 2011, The City of Los Angeles will consider a recommendation from its City Administrative Officer (CAO) to reduce citywide graffiti removal funds by 50%. If approved, this reduction will heavily affect graffiti abatement services in the city of Los Angeles.
Since 1986 GAP has served the community by providing community clean up and graffiti abatement services in the City of Los Angeles, including Council Districts 14 and 15. Over the years, GAP has maintained an outstanding partnership with the City of Los Angeles, Office of Community Beautification to provide effective and efficient graffiti abatement services to its constituents while keeping costs low.
With possible reductions of 50% to our graffiti abatement services, this will have severe consequences to everyone in the community. Half of our local community clean up workers will lose their jobs, impacting our graffiti removal services, which will no longer operate seven days a week. Graffiti that we used to remove quickly will stay up longer, producing an increase in blight that will heavily impact homeowners and business owners and their safety.
Our commitment as a community based non-profit 501 (c) 3 agency is to maintain and provide quality programs and services at a low cost. We urge you to please contact your council district regarding this urgent matter to make sure that we will not see over a million square feet of raw graffiti in your community by the end of the year.
City of Los Angeles, Councilmember Janice Hahn Council District 15 Tel: (213) 473-7015
City of Los Angeles, Councilmember Jose Huizar Council District 14 Tel: (213) 473-7014
City of Los Angeles, City Mayor’s Office Tel: (213) 978-0600
For more information and a copy of our letter from the Executive Director, please contact any of the GAP Public and Governmental Affairs Representatives, SueAnn B. Abena, Victor Medina or Shanelle Jordan at (310) 519-7233 or by email at email@example.com.
With a 50% cut, here’s what will happen over 12 months in CD 15 when only half of 170,000 square feet a month of graffiti gets removed.
“Cumulative Graffiti Left” is graffiti that never gets removed; it just adds up. That's over 1,000,000 square feet left on the walls and sidewalks, more than 25 football fields!
If we add CD 9/14 and CD 15 together, the numbers are TWICE what’s in the chart!
October 29, 2010 - Veteran's Day Fundraiser for STEP UP!
>PLACE: CHUCK E. CHEESE FUNDRAISER
>DATE: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2010
*As a reminder, it is a holiday (Veterans Day), so what better way to spend the holiday than at
CHUCK E. CHEESE with your families!
October 29, 2010 - News and Notes from the Learning Office
As of now 11 Elementary Schools and 1 Middle School have been scheduled with the gang prevention program.
Toberman FSC- Introduction to Parenting session II is beginning this Thursday 28th.
October 29, 2010 - News and Notes from the Public & Governmental Affairs Department
The PGA Team held their Speed 4 Need FUNdraiser on Saturday, October 23rd. The event was held at K1 Speed in Gardena, CA.
GAP was acknowledged at the Kaiser 2nd Annual Community Grants celebration on Friday, October 22nd. GAP is an award recipient for Kaiser's community focus on violence prevention. The event was held at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA 90802.
October 25, 2010 - Community & Awareness Luncheon
The Gang Alternatives Program (GAP) Cordially invites you to a special Community Awareness & Donor Appreciation Luncheon to be held on Thursday, November 18, 2010.
The event will take place at the Ports O'Call Restaurant in San Pedro and begins at 11:30 AM.
October 11, 2010
Attached below is a flyer for Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Please join us in our 1st Annual Speed 4 Need Fundraiser at K1 Speed. Bring the family, friends, and the kids at heart for a day of go cart racing, food, raffles and prizes! Bring this flyer in, and for every race GAP sells that K1 Speed will donate 25% of the proceeds to GAP and its programs and services to continue to support our youths to live a gangfree life and say "no" to gangs and "yes" to positive lifestyle choices! Don't forget to post the event on your Facebook, Linkedin, MySpace page and remember to bring your flyer. See you all soon!
October 5, 2010 - News and Notes from the Public & Governmental Affairs Department
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Oktoberfest At The Wigwam Lodge
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Joint the improved order of Red Men and Pocahontas at their newly renovated lodge for a day of fun, food and home-crafted. Raffle prizes, yodeling contest, beer stein holding contest and great food for purchase: Bratwurst Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Sauerkraut, German Potato Salad and Beverages.
Location: Wigwam Lodge
543 Shephard Street
San Pedro, CA
Saturday, October 02, 2010
COPE Preparedness Workshop
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
COPE preparedness presents a "Become a Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) Organizer" FREE WORKSHOP. In fulfillment of COPE preparedness mission to " Promote Emergency Preparedness through Proactive Community
Outreach" they are implementing the MAP Your Neighborhood (MYN) program in the harbor area. This program is FEMA endorsed and has been successfully implemented in 22 states. MYN is a program designed to help
neighborhoods prepare for disaster. Neighbors learn to work together as a team to evaluate their neighborhood following a disaster to increase neighbors' capacity to survive and be self-sufficient for the first 72 hours after a disaster. This is particularly important when local police, fire, paramedic, and other professional responder services are overwhelmed.
Location: San Pedro & Peninsula YMCA
3rd and Bandini Street
San Pedro, CA
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Friends Of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Presents Wine Tastings
Time: 1:30, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.
Limit: 50 people per tasting
Tickets are $15.00 for FRIENDS members and $20.00 for non-members.
To purchase: Stop by The Corner Store (cash or check only) or call FRIENDS of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium at 310-548-2031 (Visa, Mastercard and checks accepted)
October 5, 2010 - News and Notes from the Community Clean Up Department
GAP participated in four clean ups this weekend, part of the California Coastal Clean Up sponsor by Heal the Bay. Below are some pictures from the clean up on Dominguez channel and 182nd.
September 23, 2010 - GAP to particiapte in "Student Recovery Day
Jessica Martinez - Associate Director of Gang Prevention, Dimmery Davis - Gang Prevention Specialist and other Gangfree Life Advisors will be a part of "Student Recovery Day" at Gardena High School Friday September 24, 2010. An informational Flyer follows:
September 23, 2010 - News and Notes from the Public & Governmental Affairs Department
Local Events that GAP will be participating in this weekend:
Saturday, September 25, 2010 - Coastal Clean up Day
In association with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Heal the Bay and Coastal Clean-up, Clean San Pedro will sponsor a "Clean San Pedro" event. Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
For more information call: 310-832-4931
Saturday, September 25, 2010 - Cruces Community Clean Up At Wilmington
In association with Wilmington Cruces Community Group, Council District 15, Harbor LAPD, Public Works Bureau Of Sanitation & the Office of Community Beautification, Gang Alternatives Program, Mayor's Office, Coalition for
Clean Air, Wilmington Neighborhood Council and Tesoro Refining & Marketing
Location: New Hope Baptist Church
1425 Sanford Street
Wilmington, CA 90744
Time:8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
For more information call: 213-272-0640
Saturday, September 25, 2010 - Car Seat Safety Check
Location: Target ( Store Parking Lot)
1701 N. Gaffey Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
For more information call: 562-495-2915
Saturday, September 25, 2010 - Light At The Lighthouse
This event is a FREE concert by talented national and local performers, with activities for kids of all ages. It is a celebration of the whole Body of Christ coming together in praise. For those who know Christ and those who want to know Him, Light at the Lighthouse is a day of music and fun, and music and food, and music and fellowship, and music and prayer.
Location: Point Fermin Park
807 W. Paseo Del Mar,
San Pedro, Ca 90731
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
For more information call: Pastor Doug Williams at 310-291-5207
The Public and Governmental Affairs team supported the Global Soul event hosted by Trade and Row on Saturday 8-1AM at The Cellar in Long Beach, CA. The proceeds benefit youth after school art outreach programs, such as GAP's STEP UP! After School Program.
September 14, 2010 - News and Notes from the Community Clean Up Department
Community Clean Up Department Statistics for the month of August, 2010:
Public and Governmental Affairs Department Updates:
SueAnn Abena and Shanelle Jordan attended the Linda Sanchez Nonprofit Boot Camp, 2 day workshop offered by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide needed capacity building training to community based organizations and non profits. Shanelle Jordan is currently working on developing GAP's volunteer program.
September 2, 2010 - News and Notes from the Public & Governmental Affairs Department
From the desk of Victor Medina, Community Outreach Coordinator:
Thursday, September 02, 2010 - 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
This event is an actively supported by San Pedro Chamber, the CRA/LA, the artists and galleries of the San Pedro 1st Thursday Artwalk Arts Culture and Entertainment District.
Historic Downtown Free Public Event
Between 4th and 8th Street from Pacific Ave
In San Pedro
Friday, September 03, 2010
Little Company Of Mary is now offering personalized tours of this nationally recognized medical center. The one Hour tour includes: Little Company Of Mary Tours Tour behind the scenes of the E.R., Learn about the latest imaging and diagnostics technology, Experience our high tech training mannequins that breathe and respond to treatments and meet physicians and staff.
1300 West 7th Street
San Pedro, CA 90732
To reserve a tour please contact Erin Fitzsimmons at 310-514-5338
August 26, 2010 - News and Notes from the Public & Governmental Affairs Department
Thank you to Tesoro Refinery in Wilmington for providing Dodger tickets to the GAP families for the Sunday, August 22nd game.
Saturday August 28th, 2010 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Free Child ID, Free Car Seat Safety Check, LAPD Bloodhound demonstration, Red Cross Puppet show,
LAPD Safety Festival Magic Show, Entertainment and free food.
Location: Harbor Gateway Free Public Event
19503 Normandie Ave
Torrance, CA 90501
Saturday August 28th, 2010 - 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
There will be Live Art, Music, Spoken Word, Films and workshops.
"Have a Dream" Summer Art and Music Festival
Location: Free Public Event
WJC Adult Day Program Center
1148 N. Avalon Blvd.
Wilmington CA, 90744
August 24, 2010 - STEP UP! After School Program ramping up to start the 2010-11 School Year
The STEP UP! After School Program will be operating at the following school sites:
Ambler Elementary - Carson, CA
Annalee Elementary - Carson, CA
232nd Place Elementary - Carson, CA
Wilmington Park Elementary - Wilmington, CA
Registration will commence on the first day of school following dismissal.
We look forward to another productive and exciting school year!