GAP’s Gangfree Life® gang prevention programs were in the spotlight at the 2019 International Gang Specialist Training Conference in Chicago, August 4-7. With attendees from around North America and the World, the conference holds over 100 training sessions running from one to three hours in length.

GAP offered eight well-attended sessions focusing on primary gang prevention, gangs and cyberbullying, active shooter training, and the victimology of gang homicide.

Executive Director Juan Torres, MPA, received the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award, the highest award given by the conference organizer, the National Gang Crime Research Center. Director of Gang Prevention Services Jessica Martinez, Ed.D., received the NGCRC Spirit Award. Special Executive to the Board and Chief Learning Officer Doug Semark, Ph.D., once again hosted the Prevention, Intervention, and Counseling Reception.

GAP has established itself as a world leader and authority on primary prevention through its strong presence and influence at events such as the NGCRC’s International Gang Specialist Training Conference and its own Gangfree Life Academy®.