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Who We Are was developed by the Gang Alternatives Program (GAP), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides services and programs to promote a gangfree lifestyle to young people and their families.

Every day, GAP’s positive impact is felt by thousands of people in multiple communities in and around the Los Angeles area – from Watts to Wilmington, Lennox to Lomita, El Sereno to San Pedro, and Harbor City to Boyle Heights. By introducing, GAP can expand its support to countless young people throughout the nation.

Our Gangfree Vision:
To prevent young people from joining gangs.

Our Gangfree Mission:
To eliminate the base of gang membership by having a generation of young people say, “no” to gangs and “yes” to positive lifestyle choices.

Our Gangfree Goals:

  • Promote a Gangfree lifestyle to all young people and their families
    Provide gang awareness and gang prevention education to all elementary and middle school age children.

  • Offer a parent education component to support children in resisting the temptations of gang membership.
  • Operate an outreach program for at-risk youth, offering referral and counseling services.
  • Maintain a graffiti removal and community clean up service for areas around schools, parks, businesses and residences

Our Gangfree program components:

  • a school-based youth gang prevention curriculum for 2nd, 4th,
    and 6th grades
  • a court approved parent and teen education program
  • a graffiti prevention education program
  • an extensive graffiti abatement program
  • a bulky items pick up program
  • community beautification
  • youth job training and development
  • case management
  • STEP-UP! after school programs
  • outreach and referral services, and
  • the Gangfree Life®


Message from the
Executive Director


Thanks for stopping by!

Our Learning Office staff is busy in the classrooms delivering My Gangfree Life® lessons to the students.

Our STEP UP! after school advisors are busy with activities such as the fantastic talent show put on by STEP UP! students at 232nd Place ES in Carson.

Our brand new LIBERTY Program (see separate article) has been undergoing amazing development by the LIBERTY Workshop Team.

Community Clean Up Supervisors are working hard to keep up with our expanding responsibilities, and the new Clean and Safe Streets Program (CSSP) is getting good reviews as it gets off the ground (see separate story).

The administrative and operations staff is busy keeping the organization's business side running, paying bills, meeting payroll, getting bids, purchasing, handling HR, and too many things to mention. Without them the organization would grind to a halt!

In addition to LIBERTY and CSSP, we have initiatives like The Gangfree Life®, Our Gangfree Family®, The Gangfree Workplace®, Gangfree Streets®, and The Gangfree Life Academy®. These exciting innovations are game-changing solutions in the effort to neutralize the influence of gang culture and prevent young people from joining gangs.

Welcome to our site! And thanks for stopping by!

Juan Torres, M. P. A.
GAP Executive Director