Long Beach, Calif. (November 5, 2019) – GAP is happy to announce that Valero is partnering with the Gang Alternatives Program (GAP) and a recipent of $35,000.00 to go towards supporting our vision to prevent young people from joining gangs. Valero has been a proud sponsor to the Gang Alternatives Program (GAP), and has been a long standing supporter of our  Gangfree Life programs. Valero has also been a front runner in supporting GAP’s innovative Gangfree Life® academy in the past and GAP is proud of our partnership with Valero to help keep the GAP vision alive by preventing our young people from joining gangs

GAP provides a multi-service programs adopting the “Social-Ecological Model” which is based on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) four-level framework for designing prevention strategies. The Gang Alternatives Program has championed the advancement of over 3,500 children per year in Los Angeles County by providing them with “best practice” approaches to violence prevention and reducing crime by changing the individual, the family, the community, and the cultural influences to eliminate the base of gang membership by having a generation of young people say “no” to gangs and “yes” to a positive lifestyle.

With a presence in many elementary schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, GAP provides a school-based gang prevention curriculum for 2nd, 4th, and 6th grades. STEP UP! Afterschool Program, a proven effective parent project® and teen education program, and a Summer Youth Employment program. In addition, GAP provides a graffiti abatement program in Los Angeles City and County, community clean up services and My Gangfree Life® Training and Certification Program.

About Valero Company

Valero Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels and other petrochemical products. Valero, a Fortune 50 company based in San Antonio, Texas, with approximately 10,000 employees, is an independent petroleum refiner and ethanol producer, and its assets include 15 petroleum refineries with a combined capacity of approximately 3.1 million barrels per day and 11 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of 1.4 billion gallons per year. The petroleum refineries are located in the United States (U.S.), Canada and the United Kingdom (U.K.), and the ethanol plants are located in the Mid-Continent region of the US. Please visit www.valero.com for more information.

 

About The Gang Alternatives Program

GAP, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation, provides services and programs to promote a gangfree lifestyle to young people and their families. Since 1986, GAP’s leadership in primary prevention in anti-gang strategy has been instrumental in violence reduction and community rebuilding. Headquartered in Wilmington, California, GAP, the only gang prevention program in Los Angeles focused on keeping elementary school children out of gangs. For more information about Gang Alternatives Program (GAP) events, activities, services, programs, and facilities, go to www.gangfree.org, or contact (310) 519-7233.